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OPINION 41
We thought you might be tired of hearing our
opinions, so we decided to turn today's page
over to the readers.

WEEKEND etc.
What's the best place to take a date? Who has the
best pizza in Ann Arbor? For those and other
answers, check out this year's Best of Ann Arbor
issue.

The Michigan baseball team is on a roll. The
Wolverines have now won five straight games,
after beating Siena Heights yesterday, 5-4, 5-2.

Today
Thunderstorms;
High 54, Low 44
Tomorrow
Rainy and cooler; High 50, Low 38

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One hundred two years of editorial freedom

,Vol. C11, No.G118 Ann Arbor, Michigan - Thursday, April 15,19931993 The Michigan Daily
Firstads

Clinton to deliver
commencement
keynote address
by David Shepardson
Daily Government Reporter
Hillary Clinton will speak at com-
mencement exercises at the University
May , White House and University
officials confirmed yesterday.
Bart Hanford, an aide in the Office
of Presidential Scheduling, confirmed
that Clinton received an invitation from

the University and accepted the speak-
ing engagement.
Hanford said an official announce-
ment from the White House would be
forthcoming in about one week.
Clinton will speak to an all-school
graduationatMichigan Stadium 11a.m.
Saturday, May 1.
University Director of Public Af-
fairs Lisa Baker confirmed last night
that the University has announced that
Clinton will be speaking at graduation,
pending approval by the University
Board of Regents Friday.

The regents will also vote on honor-
ary degree recipients, including Clinton,
in closed session Friday.
Other University officials have con-
firmed that the University knew about
Clinton's acceptance last Friday.
Leo Heatley, director of the Univer-
sityDepartmentofPublicSafety(DPS),
confirmed that Clinton would be the
commencement speaker. He said he
found out last Friday that Clinton had
formally accepted.
DPS called the Secret Service office
in Detroit, but officials said nothing has

been formally arranged.
DPS Lt. James Smiley said the Se-
cretServicehas requested that Clinton's
engagementnotbe officially announced
until seven days prior to the speech.
Heatley has notified public safety
officers that they will be working May
1, but said his force usually works dur-
ing high-profile visits.
John Stephenson, interim dean of
the School of Art, said he supports the
University's choice of Clinton.
"I think its good to get a person like
her," Stephenson said. He added that he

Clinton

Language TA named
'outstanding educator

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by Kenneth Dancyger
Daily Faculty Reporter
At first glance, Liliane Viviani may
appear tobean averageUniversity teach-
ing assistant (TA), bogged down with
preparing tests, marking papers and
conducting classes.
But a second look reveals that
Viviani, a TA in the Portuguese pro-
gram, has experienced more than many
people her age experience in a lifetime,
including being chosen as this year's
recipient of the Outstanding Teaching
Assistant Award.
"She has a very big soon-to-be
mother's perspective," said Spanish
Prof. and Viviani's nominator Michael
* Milne. "She is so patient and under-
standing with her students."
Viviani has been teaching at the
University since Fall Term 1990. She
was nominated by Milne in September
to be considered for the award.

The criteria for the TA award in-
cludes quality and creativity of teach-
ing, the promise of the TA's growth as a
scholar and the ef-
fectiveness of stu-
dents interaction
inside and outside
theclassroom, said
Rackham Program
Associate Susane
Kluger.
The award is
only given to 10
TAs a year and is ViVian i
an accomplish-
ment of which Viviani should be very
proud, Milne said.
"It immediately became very appar-
ent to me that she has a superior talent,"
he added. "She is acomplete self-starter
and extremely competent."
Viviani grew up in a small town in
Brazil and received her undergraduate

degree at Federal University of Juiz de
Fora in Brazil, where she majored in
Portuguese Language and Literature.
In 1986,sheimmigratedtotheUnited
States and studied English for two years
at the University of Akron in Ohio.
Following her studies there, Viviani
taughtEnglish atGuanzhou University
of Foreign Languages in South China
- a cultural obstacle she takes great
pride in having conquered.
"In China, you are definitely a for-
eigner no matter what you do, she said.
"In the beginning, it is difficult to adjust
because the society is different, the cus-
toms are different, the cultures are dif-
ferent. It takes a little while for you to
change your perspective and to adjust to
a new reality."
She added that in the United States,
she is not perceived as a foreigner until
concrete evidence - such as her accent
See VIVIANI, Page 2

believes both the Clintons support the
arts.
An art school graduation committee
member, who spoke on condition of
anonymity, said some logistics still have
to be worked out.
For instance, the School of Art has
had to re-issue graduation announce-
ments to inform students and parents of
Clinton's acceptance and to adjust the
time of its own commencement cer-
emony.
Prior to Clinton's acceptance, the
See KEYNOTE, Page 2
King trial
postponed
due to
sick juror
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Delibera-
tions in the Rodney King beating trial
were interrupted in their fifth day yes-
terday when ajuror got sick and went to
a doctor.
U.S. District Judge John G. Davies
said he expectedjurors toresumedelib-
erations today on whether four police
officers violated King's federal civil
rights in the videotaped beating.
Thejury has deliberated251/2hours.
In a state trial last year, jurors deliber-
ated 32 hours before acquitting the of-
ficers of most charges. The acquittals
sparked riots that left 54 people dead
and caused $1 billion in damages.
Davies had summoned lawyers and
the police officers to his courtroom for
a "proceeding," but didn't elaborate,
prompting a flurry of speculation inside
and outside the courthouse about
whether the jury had reached a verdict.
The proceeding was delayed for an
hour when one defense lawyer couldn't
be found. When it began, Davies took
the bench and told lawyers he hoped
they would stay within 10 minutes of
the courtroom at all times.
"I'm speaking of the future, which
means, of course, no verdict has been
reached," the judge said.
'We do have a problem," Davies
said. "One of the jurors appeared to
have become ill and requested medical
attention." He didn'tdisclose the nature
of the ailment or indicate which of the
jurors was afflicted.
Davies said the juror was going to a
family doctor, accompanied by a fed-
See SICK JUROR, Page 2

House named after alum.
Mike Wallace, a CBS News correspondent, laughs with syndicated
columnist Art Buchwald at the dedication of the Mike and Mary Wallace
House to the Journalism fellowship program.

Lecturers at odds with Spanish dept. plans

by James Cho
and Nate Hurley
Daily Staff Reporters
Officials in the University's Spanish
department apparently struck a com-
promise Tuesday over the lecturer hir-
ing process-one that has the potential
of costing a number of lecturers their
jobs.
The conflict began in January when
the Spanish lecturers were informed of
a departmental plan to integrate current
lecturers with natives from Spanish-
speaking countries.

Teachers' letters cite possible loss ofjobs, allege discrimination

The current lecturers, who have one-
year contracts, feared that their con-
tracts may not be renewed if they are
replaced by foreign nationals.
After the proposal was announced,
some lecturers sent grievance letters to
the University Office of Affirmative
Action and to the Immigration and Natu-
ralization Service (INS) in Detroit. The
letters stated that Frank Casa, director
of the Spanish department, informed
them that they were being replaced.

Although Casa was out of town,
Roy Nelson, acting chair of the Ro-
mance Languages Department, said he
could not confirm that there are 16
lecturers on one-year contracts and said
the letters were inaccurate.
"I think they contained some misin-
formation and misunderstanding," he
said.
He also said the lecturers were never
told they were being replaced, saying,
"No decision has been made. They are

being told to re-apply."
Last week, the lecturers sent a letter
to the Rev. Jesse Jackson calling the
plan, "the new age of carpetbaggers at
the University of Michigan."
The letter stated, "ThesixteenAmeri-
can workers and resident lecturers will
be replaced by a foreign workforce
(teachers) who are not better qualified
than we are. Gone will be (sixteen) local
professional jobs. The INS has laws
againstthis, buttheUniversity ofMichi-

gan hassomething stronger: impunity."
Nelson clarified the proposal, say-
ing, "The Spanish Department is evolv-
ing toward a situation which would
involve some foreign exchange. Noth-
ing final has been decided."
A Spanish department official, who
did not wish to be identified, pointed out
flaws in the argument made in the let-
ters.
"They have a letter that says their
contracts might not be renewed," the
official said. "The department has a
See SPANISH, Page 2

Hindus say
eating meat f
hamuto
envhxvnent h7
by Sarah Kilno
Daily Staff Reporter

Student-seeking regents
will start meeting in Mo-Jo

Thediscussionbecameheated, but
remained good-natured. As part of
Earth Week events, the University's
chapterofthe Hindu Students Council
(HSC) held a discussion titled "Non-
violence, Vegetarianism, and the
Environment" yesterday.
"We gettogether and discuss topics
that are relevant to Hinduism in
America and on campus," said Vipul
Parikh, a first-year LSA student. '
Attheonsetof themeeting, students
were presented with statistics about
the environmental benefits of a
vegetarian diet, as well as

by Jennifer Silverberg
Daily Administration Reporter
WhileMaureen Hartford, vice presi-
dent for student affairs, spent a week in
South Quad last year, the University
Board of Regents will visitaUniversity
dorm for a day.
The regents will hold their monthly
meeting in Mosher Jordan Residence
Hall today, while discussing student life
on campus.
"You don't learn alot in the regents'
meetings," said Regent Deane Baker
(R-Ann Arbor). "I learn more talking to
students and faculty than I do sitting in
a regents' meeting."
The focus of today's meeting on
student life issues will be campus sub-
stance abuse. There will be two presen-
tations: a dramatization by a student
theater group about substance abuse
and a computer demonstration of a pro-

'I learn more talking to
students and faculty
than I do sitting in a
regents' meeting.'
- Regent Deane Baker
R-Ann Arbor
she added.
RegentRebeccaMcGowan(D-Ann
Arbor) said the board has wanted to
discuss student-related issues for some
time.
'We said we would like to know
more about (student) problems and op-
portunities," McGowan said. "We
wanted to know more about what's in-
volved in being a student."
Today's presentation on student life
is the fourth in a series of attempts by the
University to address issues of campus

SHARON MUSHER/DaINy
MembAer nf the Hundu Students Council debated the merits of vegitarianism at last night's meeting.

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