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Some of the regents have taken steps to get in
touch with students. However, they still have a
long way to go before understanding students'
needs and concerns.

Sometimes a show becomes a part of you.
"Brigadoon" is one of those plays. Melissa Rose
Bernardo reviews the Musical Theater's
performance of the show.

The Michigan softball team battled back from a
5-2 seventh-inning deficit yesterday to knock off
Indiana, 7-5. The Wolverines took three-of-four
games over the weekend.

Mostly cloudy;
High 56, Loaw 38
Rain; High 54, Low 40


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L.A. stays
calm after
*verdict in
King trial
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Church-
goers rejoiced yesterday as the calm
after the verdict in the Rodney King
civil rights case continued. Police, say-
* ing the quiet was hard to believe, con-
sidered whether to pull some firepower
off the streets.
Cries of "Amen" rippled through
the First AME Church congregation as
the mayor, the governor and others
lauded the convictions of two officers.
"We come to praise God for peace in
our city and justice in our-courtrooms,"
Mayor Tom Bradley told churchgoers.
"(Police Chief) Willie Williams and I
pleaded for peace ... we knew we were
ready to preserve the peace in this city."
Police had prepared for the worst,
feaing a repeat of the violence a year
ago when a state jury acquitted four
white officers of beating King, a Black
motorist. All 7,700 city officers were
mobilized and 600 National Guard
troops stood by in armories.
But peace prevailed after a federal
jury on Saturday convicted Sgt. Stacey
Koon, who supervised the beating, and
Officer L;aurence Powell, who struck
the mostbaton blows, of violating King's
civil rights after a high-speed chase on
March 3, 1991. Officer Theodore
Briseno and Tnothy Wind, a rookie
officer fired after the beating, were ac-
"It stayed quiet," Los Angeles
Sheriff's Deputy Britta Tubbs said yes-
terday. "No major incidents. It's hard to
King, who made a dramatic appeal
fqr calm during the riots a year ago,
didn' tmake a statement after the federal
Although some were dissatisfied that
only two officers were found guilty, a
fragile calm settled over a city fraught
with tension since the night the beating
photographer - shocked the nation.
At the church in riot-scarred South
Central Los Angeles, the Rev. Jesse
Jackson preached amessageof rebuild-
ing the area and looking for hope in its
"Iknow thatbehindeverydarkcloud
there is a silver lining," he told about
to pray to God for some insight to see
the silver lining."
'The beating of Rodney King, that's
the cloud," he said. "What's the silver
See VERDICT, Page 8

Wome t ij 1i
-.: '; ht ke bac
' J S ydrk street

RC sophomores Zannah Mass and Amelia Pan, R C junior Irmna Lieberman and R C sophomore Katie Crou ch listen
to speakers at the "Take Back the Night" rally Saturday night at City Hall.
Men rally to support

by Karen Talaski
Daily Gender Issues Reporter
"What do we want?"
"Safe streets!"
"When do we want them?"
This and other chants could be heard
throughout the campus as about 1,000
women reclained the dark streets of
Ann Arbor Saturday nightas partof the
14th annual Take Back the Nightmarch
and rally.
Sponsored by the Ann Arbor Coa-
lition Against Rape (AACAR), the
event originated as a way for women to
rely on each other for safety and in-
crease awareness, organizers said.
"Itprovidesasafe space for women
who have been assaulted and those
who have not," said Neg
Mahmoodzadegan, AACAR member
and RC sophomore. "It's one night
where survivors are not victims, and
can regain the space that was taken
away from them."
Ann Arbor resident Pam Novetsky
said she came to the march "to stand
with survivors and other people who
support survivors. I want to be out,
visible, strong and not scared."
Beginning at the Ann Arbor City
Hall and traveling through the Diag,
past dorns and residential areas, the
marchers broughtboth cheers and jeers
from onlookers. When oneman showed
his disrespect to the crowd, he was
immediately surrounded by women
yelling, "Hey, hey. Ho, ho. This sexist
shit has got to go."

Ann Arbor resident Mary Stock
said the march made an important
statement. "It's a constructive way to
express anger, rage and say 'No, we
won't let this happen."'
Before themarchbegan, an enthu-
siastic crowd of women andmengath-
ered at City Hall for the rally that
included speakers, readings and the
results of the ninth annual Sexual
Assault Prevention and Awareness
Center's Sexism in Advertising con-
Speakers ranged from Rosanne
Wild, a survivor of sexual assault, to
Natalie Nenadic who spoke about.
genocidal rape.
Nenadic described the plight of
women in Bosnia and Croatia during
the last year of war.
"Women are told they have to be
raped five times for being Croatian,
then five more times for being Mus-
lin," she told the sympathetic crowd.
"'These rapes are very ethnically spe-
"We need to take back the night,
the day, the streets," Nendic said.
"(But) we also need to take back
Bosnia and Croatia by any means
Wild was assaulted about three
years ago when she was living in aco-
op over the summer. She described
the assault and her healing process.
"He (her assailant) said over and
over my body didn't belong to me, it
belonged to him.... Recovering from
See NIGHT, Page 2

by Jen DiMascio
Daily Gender Issues Reporter
A man's place is in the parking lot,
at least for Saturday's Take Back the
Night march.
Men came to City Hall to listen to
the women's rally, but after about
1,000 women began their march, the
men remained.
Speakers at the men's rally ad-
dressed their feelings toward social
construction and the sexual assault of
women and men.
Men's rally organizer, Gaia Kale

challenged the crowd of nearly 80 to
define what it means to be a man.
Kale led the men in a series of male-
bonding activities. He asked the men to
introduce themselves first, then to form
a tight circle. The men sat, forming a
human couch.
Kak began a discourse on.the social
construction of men, saying they are
desensitized to the problems of women
and lack the ability to communicate and
be sensitive.
"Our ability to empathize is taken
away from us," Kale said.

Kale added that the social construc-
tion of manhood has caused men to
become sexually compulsive.
Polk Wagner, Interfraternity Coun-
cilpresident (IFC), addressed the dwin-
dling crowd. He explained IFC efforts
to combat sexism, homophobia and
"Fraternities perpetuaterape myths,
sexism, and racism and that's partly
true," Wagner said.
"The reason I-do all that I do is that
the reality of sexual assault is not going
See MEN, Page 2

Board approves bylaw to protect 'U' interests

by Jennifer Silverberg
Daily Administration Reporter
The University Board of Regents
and executive/senior officers have al-
ways been on their honor to declare any
potential conflicts of interest they might
have had.
But afterapproving the addition of a
new regents' bylaw Friday, they are
now mandated by a written policy to
declare these circumstances.
"The purpose is that regents or se-
nior officers should not prosper from
business the University does which they
could have an effect on," said Walter

Harrison, executive director of Univer-
sity relations.
"In the past the spirit of the board
was that the University would declare
all conflicts of interests," he added.
"Now boards all over the country are
codifying this because of litigation."
Although the board approved the
bylaw addition, Regent Deane Baker
(R-Ann Arbor) saidhe found the policy
very restrictive.
"I'm very concerned with codes and
policies we've laid on students, faculty
andnow we'relaying on regents,"Baker
said. "I grew up in a period when every

rule of life was not written down and it
all worked out O.K."
But other members of the board
supported the addition.
"What I like about this policy is I
believe it's a continuation of the tradi-
tion this board has adhered to - self
disclosure and good judgment," said
In otherbusiness, theboard approved
an action request to award three honor-
ary degrees this year to Albina de
Boisrouvray, president of the Francois
Xavier Bagnoud Association; Hillary

Clinton, chair of the president's task
force on health and this year's com-
mencementspeaker; and MargaretDow
Towsley, a humanitarian and philan-
The board also approved a number
of building renovations onthe Ann Ar-
bor campus.
A total budget of $27.5 million
was approved for East Engineering
building renovations.
The board authorized the Univer-
sity to solicit bids and award a construc-
tion contract.
It gave its approval to proceed

with $500,000inrenovations toMichi-
gan Stadium for general upgrading.
It approved $400,000 in renova-
tions to the West Medical Tunnel, $2
million in renovations to the DanaBuild-
ing, and $205,000 in renovations to the
Kelsey Museum.
The board also approved $1.2
million in renovations to Medical Sci-
ence II for the remodeling of the De-
partment of Microbiology and Immu-
nology, $375,000 in renovations to
Hutchins Hall for classroom 132, and
$250,000 in renovations to Clements
Library for elevator installation.

Supporters come to
Ann Arbor to give
* 'Justice for Jessica'
by Will McCahill
Daily Crime Reporter
Bearing signs and chanting "Justice for Jessi," a group of
about 600 people gathered at Ann Arbor City Hall Saturday
to show their support for an embattled two-year-old girl and
the local couple that has raised her since infancy.
Supporters of Jan and Roberta DeBoer came from Indi-
ana, New York, Florida and Texas, among other states, to
cheer the couple on in the fight to keep custody of the girl -
named Jessica-despite court rulings in two states to return
her to her biological parents.
DanielandCaraSchmidtofBlairstown, Iowa, started the
legal battle to regain custody of the little girl just three weeks
after Cara Schmidt gave her up for adoption. She did not tell
Daniel Schmidt of his paternity when she decided to give the
child to the DeBoers.
The rally got underway shortly before noon Saturday
when the DeBoers appeared on the City Hall roof, eliciting
cheers from the crowd huddled together in the cold, windy
Wnaring, lot.

Native American
dancers delight
Crisler audience
by Julie Robinson
Daily Staff Reporter
Crisler Arena came alive this weekend, but not with the
fancy moves of a basketball game. The vibrant Native
American dances performed at the 21st Annual Ann Arbor
Pow Wow "Dance For Mother Earth" brought applause from
spectators. Artisans, dancers and people representing many
backgrounds enjoyed celebrating the rich culture Native
Americans have kept alive through events such as this.
Sponsoredby the University'sNativeAmericanStudents
Association (NASA) and Minority Student Services, this
pow wow is one of the largestin North America. Theparking
lot was filled with license plates from North Dakota, New
Mexico, Washington, and Ontario, among other places -
showing thatNativeAmericansacross thecontinentconsider
pow wows an opportunity to gather with friends fromthepast
and connect with new ones.
Engineering senior and NASA Vice President Shannon
Martin said this is one reason she enjoys them so much.

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