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Page 2-The Michigan Daily- Tuesday, March 30,1993

Rapper Sister Souljah
will address students

byJulie Robinson
Daily Staff Reporter
Rapper and community activist
Sister Souljah, who gained national
attention during the presidential
election when she and Bill Clinton
exchanged opposing viewpoints
concerning African Americans and
their position in America, will speak
tonight at 7:30 in the business
school's Hale Auditorium.
New Foundation - a new stu-
dent organization that strives to
promote the education, cultural
awareness and empowerment of.
African American students on cam-
pus - hopes she will motivate all
who attend.
"I hope that more African Ameri-
cans get a better sense of what they
need to do economically, spiritually
and academically so that they ask
how will their education serve our
people and their plight," said Krystal
Van Lowe, New Foundations presi-
dent and LSA senior.
"From Chaos to Clarity: The
Evolution of a Black Mind State" is
the topic of Souljah's lecture. She is
expected to touch on various issues
lip .111

including male-female relationships,
sexism, crime and genocide.
"(Students) might not agree on
everything," said Richard Clay, LSA
sophomore and vice president of
New Foundation. "But our main
goal is to get people thinking about
these issues.... To have a constant
dialogue and get these ideas to the
mainstream, have people keep them
around, and to look to see how these
ideas can benefit them and their
community."
Souljah is no stranger to the lec-
turing circuit, promoting her mes-
sage throughout the United States,
Europe and Africa.
Although her image is that of a
"militant rapper," she is also a com-
munity activist and supports a shel-
ter for children of the homeless in
New York City.
"One of the reasons for the pro-
gram is for people to see her in all of
her dimensions -- as a woman and
as an activist, not just a rapper," Van
Lowe said.
She said student response to
Souljah's campus visit so far has
been very supportive.
Jennifer Winkleman, an LSA se-
nior who works in a local record
shop, said, "I think -that rap in gen-
eral is something that you can relate
to, that's why it's so popular. Yes,
there's shock value in it, but some
can relate to it. As for Sister Souljah,
she's not someone I would listen to
but she's going along with the norm
and will keep on selling."

LOBBY
Continued from page 1
utes of the two-hour meeting to
hearing student concerns. One of-
ficial pointed out that the committee
- which meets again today - could
have easily devoted more time to the
original purpose of the meeting.
Nearly a dozen students read pre-
pared statements blasting the gover-
nor and the legislature for not in-
creasing the higher education bud-
get. Many students gave personal
and highly emotional pleas for in-
creased funding.
Most students used the phrase
"inflationary decrease" to remind
legislators that by not increasing
state appropriations to universities,
they are not allowing the schools to
keep up with the rate of inflation.
Schools were limited to one
speaker each, while about 50 stu-

dents from colleges across the state
demonstrated support for the
speakers.
Stephanie Arellano, the MCC
chair who is on leave from Eastern
Michigan University (EMU), urged
the committee to "invest in our chil-
dren's future," and criticized Engler
for not increasing the state
appropriations.
"I may not have enough money
to go back to school next year,"
Arellano said. "Students are cost-
sensitive. There is no way a mini-
mum-wage job can keep up with 9-
percent tuition increases year after
year."
Michigan Student Assembly Rep.
Tobias Zimmerman, an LSA junior
and one of seven University students
who attended the hearing, read a
statement that was harshly critical of
the governor, the University and the
legislature.

"Should the legislature fail to
continue its consistent support for
the University of Michigan, I fear
that in the not-too-distant future, the
student body will no longer contain
the academic and intellectually elite,
but instead, only the economically
elite," Zimmerman said.
Halfway through the students'
testimony, only three members of
the committee remained. Profit told
MCC members that, contrary to their
rhetoric, the state legislature had
done much better in protecting
higher education funding than most
other states.
But Rivers said the calls that ed-
ucation has been protected are
"disingenous."
"While it is true that other areas
have seen massive cuts, including
mental health and child health pro-
grams, through recapture and other
ways, education funding has been

cut to some degree,"Rivers said.
Keith Molin, a University associ-
ate vice president and chief lobbyist
in Lansing, said students' testimony
pushed for "getting more funding
next time."
"It's kind of like when Chris
Webber complains to the official
that he's been fouled. He hopes next
time he'll get the call," Molin said.
"And that's what students are
waiting for - next time."
MCC members passed out fliers
supporting the Campus Sexual As-
sault Victims' Bill of Rights, spon-
sored by Rep. Tracey Yokich (D-St.
Clair Shores). Members of the
committee were receptive to bill.
Central Michigan University,
EMU, Michigan State University
and the University of Michigan-
Dearborn and Ann Arbor had student
representatives at yesterday's
hearings.

FINE
Continued from page 1
the frontiers of knowledge, what
would there be to teach?"
Fine also discussed the impor-
tance of enthusiasm in teaching,
something for which he is often
praised. "I always regard it as a
compliment when I tell a student I
enjoyed teaching the particular
course and the student responds that
that was obvious."
Later he added, "History is not
the product of inexorable forces
alone, and if man is not entirely the
master of his own fate, he nev-
ertheless helps to shape his own
destiny."
Fine focused the latter part of his
lecture on four Americans:
Woodrow Wilson, Franklin and

Eleanor Roosevelt, and Frank
Murphy.
Fine gave a brief history of each
individual - stressing each's
commitment to integrating
Catholics, Jews, African Americans,
Native Americans and women into
the mainstream of the federal
government.
He spoke of Wilson's
achievements with the New Free-
dom legislative program, saying that
"at the national level, the Wilson
presidency was the culmination of
the progressive movement." He
also noted Wilson's advocacy of the
League of Nations.
Fine called Franklin Roosevelt
"the dominant figure in American
public life in the 20th century." He
spoke of Roosevelt's revitalization
of the presidency, saying that he
made it the most important of the

three branches. He also noted
Roosevelt's charisma in commu-
nicating with Americans.
Fine spoke highly of Eleanor
Roosevelt's commitment to Amer-
ican women's rights. Moreover, he
said she was a major force in the
New Deal. He said, "Despite all the
talk that Hillary Clinton is the first
first lady to have drawn a specific
presidential assignment, Mrs.
Roosevelt actually received an
official presidential appointme, it in
1941 as deputy director of the CGL-
of Civilian Defense."
Regarding Supreme Court Justice
and University alum Frank Murphy,
Fine was full of praise.
Students were excited to have an
extra opportunity to hear Fine speak.
"I had Prof. Fine last semester. I
think he's a fantastic, wonderful
lecturer, and I wanted to hear what

his ideal 'last' lecture would be,"
said LSA junior Beth Wallis.
LSA Senior Ari Good agreed.
"Sidney Fine is a great professor,"
he said. "His teaching style is very
unique. He also injects a lot of
humor into what he teaches, and that
makes it come alive."
First-year Rackham student
Melissa Beauchesna said she came
to the University to study with Fine.
"Everything that's important about
history, he teaches. He embodies
everything important about the study
of history."
Many of Fine's past students also
attended the lecture.
Carolyn Farmer, a 1964 Rack-
ham graduate, studied under Fine
while pursuing her Master of Arts
degree.

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CIy
Continued from page 1
projects.
Bach said the University would be
very important in developing the Mate-
rials Recovery Facility, which will help
Ann Arbor recycle more products.
"There may be new technology ev-
ery day that may help us. It depends
how we run it," Bach said. "I hope the
University wizards help us out on that."
Lumm agreed, but said it was the
University's recycling tonnage that
would really help the city.
She added the city should consider
renovating existing structures to solve
its housing problem whenever possible.
"The Ann Arbor Inn would cost
millions to renovate. If that can be done
with no additional cost to taxpayers,
let's look at it," she said.
She added that an easier climate for
developers would help city projects.
Bach said cooperation with other
governments and perseverance will help
solve the housing problem.
"We just keep plugging away, one

project after another with inter-govern-
mental cooperation," Bach said. "Re-
member manifest destiny. It's over. It
isn't easy to find new land. Rehabilita-
tion holds promise. We have to follow
federal rules and regulations, but there's
no reason we can't share this with the
county."
Lumm characterized the city as a
facilitator.
"I'm not sure the city should be in
the housing business, but renovation
and rehab works," she said. Lumm also
encouraged the city to continue lever-
aging federal money.
Bach said the city needs to keep a
look out for new developments.
"We eitherrisk not doing something
or risk something to make it work,"
Bach said. "We can always analyze."
Krebaum offered an idea to solve
the housing and parking problems.
"I'd like to see us develop one or
more transit corridors," he said.
He continued saying the high-den-
sity development around light-rail lines
could include apartment buildings,
which would allow more people to live

without a car and improve their quality
of life.
Lumm added she thought city spend-
ing could be curtailed for the taxpayers.
"Justbecause there'smoney outthere
doesn't mean you have to spend it,"
Lumm said. "Give something back to
the taxpayer."
She also expressed concern about
how many taxpayer dollars go to the
University.
"Residential tax payers bear a huge
burden and do, to a great extent, subsi-
dize theUniversity,"Lumm said."There
should be a little more give and take."
Bach said any taxes should be exam-
ined before implementation.
"I'm not a proponent of any kind of
new tax,"she said. "But I know in other
university cities it's a common feature
of their taxation policy."
Krebaum said taxes - always a
concern of Libertarians - would have
to be controlled.
"The city has to look at minimizing
costs,just being very efficient," he said.
Lumm also complained about the
partisan nature of council.

STRIKE
Continued from page 1
a large part in instigating the strike,
the professors also feel slighted in
decision-making processes on
campus.
"The university is not a corpora-
tion and should not be run like a
business," he said, adding that fac-
ulty opinion is not often considered
in many administration decisions.
UC students said the administra-
tion issued a letter requesting they
attend classes as usual durihg the
strike.
First-year UC student Jennifer
Morris said, "It hasn't affected me
yet because none of my classes have
been canceled."
Other students said a strike is un-
fortunate, but may be necessary.
Sophomore Melissa Gordon said,
"It's such a pain, but I see some of
my professors picketing and I realize
it is an important cause for them."
AAUP members said they are
prepared to continue the strike
indefinitely.

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RUSSIA
Continued from page 1
Sunday.
The 1,033-member Congress is
dominated by ex-Communist Party
apparatchiks, factory directors and
state farm chiefs elected before the
Soviet collapse. Most oppose
Yeltsin's market reforms and pro-
Western foreign policy.
In their latest slap at his powers,

legislators voted 535-213 to rescind
the president's 1991 decree appoint-
ing personal "representatives" in
regions across Russia. Yeltsin relies
on the 66 officials to promote his
reforms.
The effect of the decision was
hard to gauge. In most cases, his
representatives hold other positions
in local governments, which they
would retain despite yesterday's
vote.

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