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One of the only groups fighting for students in
Lansing is MCC, and the state government needs
to listen to MCC's concerns.

It takes a lot of work for college students to form
a band. Will McCahill looks at four University
students' attempts to start one of their own.

SP T 10
The Michigan baseball team filnally ended its
10-game losing streak yesterday. The Wolverines
defeated Saginaw Valley, 4-1.

Today
Scattered showers;-
High58, Low44
Tomorrow
Partly cloudy, High 48, Low 38

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Students call
sociolog
prof. racist,
seist in letter
by Nate Hurley
Daily Administration Reporter
A group of students charging a sociology professor
with making racist and sexist remarks sent a letter to the
University demanding that he stop teaching his statistics
class.
Theletter wassenttotheaccused, Prof.DavidGoldberg;
the sociology department; the Affirmative Action office;
the Office of Minority Affairs; Rackham Graduate School
and University President James Duderstadt.
The letter was written anonymously by students who
had taken the class Fall semester. Several sociology and
multicultural groups co-signed the document
"The students decided they needed to write the letter
when the Fall semester was over," said a student who asked
not to be named.The woman was a student in the class and
is a boardmember for the Baker-Mandela Center, one of
the groups that originated the letter.
The letter stated: "A number of incidents occurred in
this class that hindered students in their quest to learn and
understand the foundations of social statistics. As aresult,
many students, especially students of color and women,
believe they were denied a valuable part of their educa-
tional experience....'The signatories of this letter request
that the Department of Sociology not allow Dr. Goldberg
to teach required statistics courses in the department."
The letter offers several examples of the alleged racism
during the course, such as:
"examples which were rampant with racial and
gender stereotypes and pejorative assumptions;"
M a cartoon distributed that "clearly indicates demean-
ing attitudes toward women;"
* comments about minority standardized test scores;
and,
* derogatory comments about students.
Sociology Department Chair Howard Schuman de-
clined to comment on the incident
Goldberg could not be reached for comment, but his
response to the letter was posted in the LSA Building.
About the SAT scores, Goldberg wrote, "The point is
to illustrate that it is not a minority status but other
See LETTER, Page 2

GOP stalls
Clinton plan
for economy

Congress calls
timeout as Republican
filibuster continues;
Clinton looks to
com promise
by David Shepardson *
Daily Government Reporter
Despite President Clinton's pledge
to compromise on his economic stimu-
lus package, Republicans are vowing to
hold finin their opposition to increased
spending, saying they will filibuster as
long as necessary.
The $16.3 billion stimulus package
includes $5.8 billion in funding for un-
employment compensation and $2 bil-
lion to cover the shortfall in the federal
Pell Grant program.
The program funds loans of up to
$2,400 per school year for students who
demonstrate need. The supplemental
expenditure is necessary to pay offloans
already promised to students.
Republicans said they support these
aspects of the plan, but object to the
nature in which the plan was presented.
They also oppose "pork barrel projects"
in the plan such as the $2.5 billion for
CommunityDevelopmentBlock grants.
In a series of parliamentary moves,
theDemocrats denied theGOPtheabil-
ity to offer any amendments to the
proposal. This way of ramrodding
through the proposal galvanized oppo-
sition, and the Republicans gamed the
40 votes needed to prevent the Senate
from taking further action.
Even moderate GOP senators like
Jon Chaffee of Maine, who would have

been expected to support the package,
opposed the way the Democrats tried
to push the plan through the Senate.
Members from both sides of the
aisle plan to use the spring recess to
pitch their positions across the coutry.
At issue is a competing vision of
the federal government's role. Demo-
crats, like local U.S. Rep. William
Ford and Michigan Sen. Donald
Riegle, have thundered that the Clinton
presidency represents a historic op-
portunity to revamp social policy and
bring a greater number of people "un-
der the tent" in areas such ,as health
care, poverty, homelessness, unem-
ployment, and teen pregnancy.
Republicans, led by Sen. Robert
Dole of Kansas, criticized the
president's budget as "nothing but the
same package of tax-and-spend
ecnomics."
"We too want health care reform
and to get people out ofpoverty," Dole
said. "But not at the substantial cost
they propose."
GOP members - in the minority
in both the House and Senate -have
been accused by the Democrats of
"trying to stop the president for purely
partisan reasons" and for "beginning
therace for the 1996 presidential cam-
paign already."
"No, thatisn'ttrue," House Minor-
ity Whip Newt Gingrich said. "What
we have is a genuine difference of
opinion, and a different philosophy to
how the federal government should be
run."
See ECONOMY, Page 2

MICHELLE GUY/Daly
Just hang inout!
.SA seniors Brian Berman and Adam Cohen enjoy the cool spring breeze as they wait for
class in Mason Hall.

- Student hopes to establish 'U' center in Washington

by Michelle Fricke
Daily Staff Reporter
If LSA senior Sean Smith gets his
way, theUniversity will adds Washing-
ton, D.C., branch to its list of campus
sites.
Smith is advocating a proposal that
would allow students to take University
courses and intern at the same time
during the school year.
Smith and nine other students, who
call themselves the D.C. Residential

Center Committee, have been develop-
ing strategies to heighten interest in
their proposal since last summer. Most
of the group's members have partici-
pated in the Public Service Internship
Program (PSIP) sponsored by Career
Planning & Placement.
"We found our internships so re-
warding we wanted to provide others
withthesamechance," said Smith, chair
of the committee.
The group began its efforts after

learning about a residential center pro-
posal written by the late Jack Walker,
who was chair of the University's politi-
cal science department.
The proposal calls for the Univer-
sity to purchase a building in the Wash-
ington metropolitan area. The building
would be used as aresidence hall and as
a setting for classes and guest speakers.
"The dorm would give students the
opportunity to discuss real-worldexpe-
riences and apply them to classroom

theories," Smith said. "Making these
connections would be one of the most
valuable opportunities students could
receive."
Visiting University professors or
graduate students would teach the
courses offered by the center. In addi-
tion, the center would act as a base for
professors doing research in the Wash-
ington area, and it would accommo-
date other programs such as PSIP and
Michigan alumni activities.

While the group has been meeting
weekly to achieve its objective, mem-
bers said they have been disappointed
by the lack of support from the Univer-
sity administration.
"We've had a roller-coaster ride of
motivation," Smith said. "It's frustrat-
ing and often we feel like we're butting
our heads against a stone wall."
Political science Prof. Arlene
Saxonhouse stressed the difficulty of
finding faculty members who can pri-

oritize the program as highly as Walker
did.
"Therealproblem is finding faculty
who have the time and energy to sup-
port the students in this effort,"
Saxonhouse said. "The political sci-
ence department was eager tohire some-
one, but the administration did not sup-
port this effort."
Even though Smith has not had
much success finding an advisor for the
See WASHINGTON, Page 2

Earth Week events
begin tomorrow
with jazz concert

by Randy Lebowitz
Daily Staff Reporter
Environmental awareness began
in the'70s, butan Earth Day celebra-
tion was not an annual campus event
until 1990. And three years later, en-
vironmental issueshavebecome such
a large concern that more than one
day is necessary to promote aware-
ness - Earth Week.
Sponsored by the Michigan Stu-
dent Assembly's Environmental Is-
sues Commission, Earth Week prom-
ises to bring ecological problems to
everyone's attention, and hopes to
provide solutions.
LSA senior and Environmental

Action (ENACT) member - said the
environmentalmovementhas been clas-
sified as a white, middle class move-
ment. However, more than 30 student
organizations and Ann Arbor commu-
nity organizations of diverse back-
grounds have become involved in the
Earth Week events.
The organizations involved are not
only environmental activists.'The Col-
lege Democrats and the University crew
team are two of many others taking part
in the festivities.
Reeves added that besides ecologi-
cal concerns, organizers hope to ad-
dress problems such as environmental
racism, environmental classism and

Earth Week 1993
These are some of the events
taking place on campus and
around the Ann Arbor
community during Earth
Week 1993.
Illuminations '93 open air
concert featuring jazz, gospel
and student ensembles.
April 10th, Palmer Field,
noon to 6 p.m.
"Toxic Air Pollution in
Your Community' with
speaker from the American
Lung Association of
Michigan. April 12,
Wolverine Room - Michigan
Union, 3 p.m.
"Environmental Issues and
Earth Week" panel
discussion with University
professors. April 13,
Pendelton Room - Michigan
Union, 1:15 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.
"Non-violence,
Vegetarianism and the
Environment" discussion.

by Jennifer Silverberg
Daily Administration Reporter
While 2,500 Hash Bashers convened
on the Diag for the annual political
rally/pot smoking fest last weekend,
University President James Duderstadt
kept his distance.
"I'm embarrassed that (Hash Bash
is) held on our campus. It's kind of
embarrassing that one of the world's
greatestuniversities lures minors to cam-
pus and encourages them to break the
law," Duderstadt said. "It's wrong."
Beginning in February, the Univer-
sity tried to make Hash Bash's sponsor
- the National Organization for the
Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML)
- pay $8,000 to cover security costs
before issuing a permit to hold the event
on the Diag.
But Washtenaw Circuit Judge
Donald Shelton ruled April 1 that the
University could not force NORML to

'U' pres. talks of Hash Bash, hoops

occurred, Duderstadtsaidhe waspleased
that cold temperatures prevented some
potential Hash Bashers from attending
the event.
'There was a smaller crowd this
year. Probably because of the weather,"
Duderstadt said. "I'm encouraged be-
cause it was smaller. I think it was
MotherNature expressing her own con-
cern about Hash Bash."
But Duderstadt said he was slightly
happier with the celebrations that fol-
lowed the NCAA Final Four men's
basketball games.
"Saturday was much better than in
the past. (It) was much more of a cel-
ebration," Duderstadt said. "Monday
night, as near as I can tell, did not
involvemany Michigan students, butas
long as we have bars on South Univer-
sity (Avenue) we will continue to have
those problems."
Duderstadt added that he believes

Duderstadt
the lights and the camera. (The media)

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