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The Michigan Daily - Thursday, April 8, 1993 - Page 5

UAC plans bigger,
. better Homecoming

by Randy Lebowitz
Daily Staff Reporter
When University alumni pour into Ann
Arbor next October for the festivities
surrounding the Homecoming football game
against Illinois, they will find the program has
changed.
Sponsored by the largest student-run
organization on campus, the University
Activities Center (UAC) Fall 1993
Homecoming promises to be different.
LSA junior and Co-Chair of the
Homecoming Committee, David McDonald,
said more students and student organizations
will be able to get involved in the festivities
because of structural changes in the program.
"This is a way to make students feel more
comfortable with the Maize and Blue,"
McDonald said.
McDonald attributed the relative lethargy of
recent Homecomings to the late selection of
Homecoming chairs, who then have no idea
how to get started or whom to contact.
In the past, events have included the Sigma
Alpha Epsilon (SAE) Annual Mudbowl, the
Evans Scholars Car Bash on the Diag, the
Delta Upsilon (DU) pep rally, and the Alumni
Association's Go Blue Brunch.
Todd Krieger, LSA sophomore and co-
chair of the Homecoming Committee, said this
fall homecoming will reflect Michigan's size
as a university.
"We are probably the only University of
this size with no homecoming to boast about,"
Krieger said.
Students seem to agree that a university as
large as Michigan could offer a more exciting
Homecoming program.
"I want to see a little more spirit," said
Jessica Chaffin, an LSA first-year student.
"For a school this size with a reputation this
large, you'd think there'd be something fun to
do, and last Homecoming, there wasn't."
The Homecoming Committee is currently

working with the Alumni Association to plan
the week's events. Aside from the traditional
pep rally, which it hopes to have on the Diag,
and the Go Blue Brunch for alumni, the
committee also plans to have a Grand Marshall
hosting a parade with floats from all student
organizations and dormitories.
Suggested Grand Marshalls include
University alumni such as President Gerald
Ford actor James Earl Jones. Former
University student and entertainer Madonna
has also been mentioned.
Krieger said the committee is considering
reviving the competition for a Homecoming
King and Queen. He said the tradition was
stopped when a candidate for the Queenship
sued the University for having lost the title.
In addition, the committee is hoping to have
an alumni roast involving UAC's Laughtrack
and student comedians.
McDonald and Krieger are currently
discussing the possibility of an MTV-
sponsored dance party in the Union. Krieger
said many underage students would not be
allowed to attend if the party were held at a
local dance club or bar.
This concern for student involvement in
activities is recognized by other sectors of the
student body.
Jeff Kirschenbaum, an LSA sophomore,
said he would like for Homecoming to be a
larger event on campus. "It doesn't seem
different than any other weekend at the
University. It incorporates alumni well, but it
does not really involve the current student
body," he said.
The committee also plans to encourage
members of the South University Association
and State Street Association to keep shops
open for the Midnight Madness sale.
Student organizations including the
Wolverettes, Hillel, MSA, the Panhellenic
Council, and the Interfraternity Council plan to
help UAC celebrate.

Victory
Freeman Bosley celebrates yesterday after being elected mayor of St. Louis Tuesday night. Bosley is the first Black man ever
to be elected mayor of that city.
eaderShape' conference sho ws
students how to become leaders .

by Debi Wojcik
University students who aspire to be
future Presidents of the United States or
chairs of Fortune 500 corporations may
look to the LeaderShape program for
building skills this summer.
The LeaderShape program is a six-day
retreat for college students interested in
developing leadership qualities.
Sponsored by the College of
Engineering and the office of the Vice
President for Student Affairs, this year's
two summer retreats - from May 3-8 and
Aug. 23-28 - will be held at YMCA
Camp Chopneconic, near Flint.
Throughout the six days students will
participate in workshops, personal sur-
veys, and a ropes course in order to en-
hance knowledge of themselves and their
leadership styles and to learn trust and co-
operation.
These skills will be used to design a
presentation that deals with the issue of
multiculturalism and diversity in the
workplace.
The program also attempts to teach
participants proper methods' for im-
plementing their knowledge upon
returning to campus.
Participants will "work through their
goals and develop a vision for the future,"

said LSA senior Jared Silverman, who is a
member of the LeaderShape committee.
A panel of three guest professionals,
who are leaders in their fields, will talk
with the students and answer questions
concerning leadership styles and experi-
ences in the business world.
This year's panel will include Engi-
neering Dean Peter Banks, Manager of
The Body Shops Toni Lambert, a Vice
President from Northern Telecommunica-
tions, an industrial representative from
Proctor and Gamble, and Vice President
for Student Affairs Maureen Hartford.
Several campus organizations received
applications for the program. Engineering
senior Christina Galicia, who is working
on the LeaderShape committee, said the
aim is to get diverse groups of students to
cooperate.
"This is a terrific way to get cam-
puswide organizations to work together,"
she said.
Silverman said he hoped that in
"chosing such a diverse group of people,
campus organizations will be able to con-
nect with each other on campus."

For future retreats, Galicia said she
would like to see applications open to all
students.
Silverman said his goals for the
program include expanding it to at least
200 students participants next summer and
institutionalizing it.
Engineering senior and committee
member Ben Mull stressed the importance
of institutionalization, saying, "It's a win-
win situation all the way around."
The Board of Regents has expressed
interest in the possibility of formalizing
the program.
The LeaderShape program has been
operating out of Champaign, Illinois since
1986. The University's College of Engi-
neering sponsored the program for the
first time last year as 50 students partici-
pated in the one session operating out of
Alice Lloyd and Mosher Jordan residence
halls.
Interfraternity Council advisor Joseph
Foster said sponsors are excited about this
year's increased enrollment and program
expansion to include all student groups on
campus.
Foster stressed the importance of the
program by saying, "Leadership is not in-
herent. It is something you learn through-
out life. It is a step by step process."

Swant my MTV '--- INLrrn~vual
An employee of local cable company cuts sheet metal to install a cable system in East Quad
residence hall yesterday.

'Nude' bills spark controversy in Senate

LANSING (AP) - A Senate
panel began hearings yesterday on
bills attacking topless dancing and
pornography, and quickly sank into
the quagmire of controversy that has
plagued such legislation in the past.
Backers of the bills touted them
as crucial to public decency, safety
and local neighborhoods. Critics
charged they were too broad and
threatened constitutional rights and
legitimate businesses.
"We're a family oriented com-
munity; we feel the community must
come first," said Sen. Gilbert
DiNello, sponsor of bills to give lo-
cal governments the power to ban
topless dancing.
"I don't think our problems are
unique. I think this applies to other
communities across the state," said
the Republican from Clinton
Township in Macomb County.
Other bills, sponsored by Sen.
Jack Welborn (R-Kalamazoo),
would prohibit the dissemination of

pornography unless the material
displayed the distributor's name and
address in large print. One would
authorize "porn-free zones" within a
1,000-foot radius of places fre-
quented by minors.
"Special interest groups with
censorship goals will create havoc
with harassment," protested Vans
Stevenson, director of state affairs
for the Motion Picture Association
of America Inc.
He warned that local officials
would define smut differently across
the state, so regulations would vary
widely.
"This kind of law would put them
out of business in many instances,"
he said, referring to movie theaters
and video rental stores.
No votes were taken on any of
the bills, which are similar to legis-
lation passed by the Senate in recent
sessions. The bills then died in the
House, but the outcome is less clear
now. That's because the House, once

solidly Democratic, is evenly split
between the two parties.
"We as local officials can't do
anything about it. We can't deal
with the topless situation," said Dar
Vander Ark of the Michigan
Decency Action Council of Grand
Rapids and a township supervisor.
"There is a growing statewide
concern of citizens about nude danc-
ing outlets," said Bill Johnson, of the
American Family Association.
But critics said the legislation
would cripple legitimate businesses.
David Furstenberg, attorney for
Handleman Co., of Troy, which dis-
tributes video tapes, said it would

chill the entertainment business by
making stores leery of what stock to
carry and whom to rent it to.
"These bills are not only un-
workable, but unfair," he said.
And the American Civil Liberties
Union said the legislation threatens
to trample on constitutional rights.
"The package of bills before you
would chill freedom of expression in
Michigan," said Don Seaton, leg-
islative affairs director of the ACLU
in Michigan. "The ACLU believes
that government should not tell citi-
zens what books to read, or films to
watch, no matter how offensive the
choice of such material may be to
some."

The University of Michigan
Mosher Jordan Residence Hall
presents
"Building Coalitions: A Women Of Color Perspective"
A Women of Color Panel Discussion
Thursday April 8, 1993 7:30pm
Mosher Jordan Residence Hall

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Featuring:
christina Jos6-Kampfner, MA., Ph.D.
Lecturer UofM Women's Studies Program
Assistant Professor EMU in Educational Psychology and

Aiko Nakatani, M.A.
Director of Graduate Admissions
Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies

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