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The key to understanding is communication. The
group Jews and Muslims for Better
Understanding demonstrates how different
groups of people can learn to get along.

Did you miss the play "for colored girls who have
considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuff?"
Too bad, because it was great. Read Melissa
Rose Bernardo's review.

The luck of the Irish meant that Mi:higan didn't
play that well Saturday. Otherwise, Notre Dame
would have lost worse than 70-55.

Today
Partly cloudy;
High 25, Low 15
Tomorrow
Increasing clouds; High 27, Low 19

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MLK festivities stress unit
attendance,
Suffers as
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students
sty home .,
by Michaell Crews
and Chastity Wilsonj
Daily Staff Reporters k.

To most students, Martin Luther
King Day was an invitation to stay
in bed and enjoy a day without
classes.
While some students showed
their support for the annual Unity
March, barely half of the Diag was
filled with ralliers at the march's
end.
Although dozens of programs,
speeches, and panel discussions
held to commemorate King's dream
of unity were filled with Ann Arbor
residents and high school students,
University student involvement was
low.
"I don't think very many stu-
dents attend the events," said LSA
sophomore Eric Younger, adding
that he did not plan to participate
this year.
Some students said they were
not aware of MLK Day festivities.
"I didn't know about many of
the events . there was some
advertising, but mostly directed to
Black students," said LSA senior
Vickie Bissonnette.
Others said students cannot re-
late to King's memory and legacy
like the older generations can.
"Younger generations see it sim-
ply as a day off, while the older
generation takes it more seriously,"
said . LSA first-year student
Stephanie Gooden.
But students who did use the
free day to attend MLK events said
they felt strongly about being
active.
"I'm involved because I wanted
to affect a change in people's atti-
tudes. If people's hearts are
changed, the rest will be easier,"
said LSA sophomore Michael
McCrary. "I also wanted to be
mindful of those who have
struggled for my place in society."
LSA first-year student Akomea
Poku-kankam said, "I feel I have to
be a part of the King observance
because I know people who are de-
stroying themselves through vices
in our society. Why should others
care if we as the supposedly en-
lightened ones don't show
See AWARENESS, Page 2

U.S. strike
on Iraq
claims 21
casualties
WASHINGTON (AP) - Ameri-
can-led warplanes thundered into
Iraq in daylight bombing raids
against air-defense missile sites yes-
terday as President Bush devoted the
final hours of his administration to a
tense showdown with Saddam
Hussein.
"Let's just hope that the message
has been delivered loud and clear.
We did the right thing," Bush said.
Arab states said they regretted
"the policy of military escalation."
Russia, too, voiced opposition.
"These attacks could proceed
without further warning," Pentagon
spokesperson Pete Williams said.
Officials said all allied planes re-
turned safely.
Assessing Sunday's cruise-mis-
sile attack, Williams said, "It hit the
targets that we wanted to hit and did
the damage that the target planners
wanted."
Iraq'said 21 people were killed.
The Pentagon acknowledged that a
cruise missile fired from a Navy ship
Sunday had struck a Baghdad hotel.
Officials said it was knocked off
course by Iraqi fire.
"Bush has blood on his hands!"
an angry worker shouted yesterday
at the al-Rashid hotel, where two
people were killed when an explo-
sion wrecked the lobby and court-
yard on Sunday.
Yesterday's raid was the second
in 24 hours.
Fewerthan 48 hours before he
assumes command of U.S. forces in
combat, Bill Clinton has named just
a handful of his defense and foreign
policy advisers. The slow pace of
filling those jobs could make it diffi-
cul fr im to change U.S. policy
toward Iraq, Somalia and Bosnia.
"There are 45 Senate-confirmed
posts in the Defense Department,
and so far only one's been filled,"
said Defense Secretary Richard
Cheney, referring to his successor,
Rep. Les Aspin (D-Wis).
A Clinton transition source said
the criticism was overblown.
"The Clinton National Security-
Foreign Policy team has been to-
gether and meeting for some time,
and quietly as is appropriate," he
said, speaking only on condition he
not be identified.
Clinton said the United States
"will not waver" from demands that
Saddam bow to terms of Gulf War
cease-fire resolutions adopted by the
United Nations two years ago.
Bush told reporters he was grate-
ful for Clinton's support. "There's
no division on this question at all,"
he said.

Students walk united down State Street during one of the events planned to commemorate MLK Day.
Speakers: King 's dream is alive

Speakers stress the
necessity of working toward
racial, gender equality
A diverse group of African American women
united yesterday on campus to discuss racial
equality and the power of the family as part of
the University's Martin Luther King Day
celebration.
Speakers included authors Bebe Moore
Campbell and Gloria Naylor; former Planned
Parenthood President Faye Wattleton; and the
first African American woman elected to
Congress, U.S. Rep. Shirley Chisolm (D-New
York).
The speakers' comments shared a common
theme of encouragement for African Americans
to work toward racial equality and togetherness.
Chisolm called on students to celebrate unity
in America through racial and ethnic diversity.
She quoted King, saying, "We will either swim
together or we will sink together.
"More than ever in the United States of
America we have an important need to re-evalu-
ate and reassess our thinking before we reach the
21st century," Chisolm continued. "We are all
travelers on this same Earth ship."
Wattleton brought applause and cheers of ap-
See UNITY, Page 2

Nation of Islam panelist
cancels engagement as
controversy rages
Students distributed flyers accusing Minister
Khallid Muhammad and his organization, the
Nation of Islam, of racial and religious slurs as
they anticipated his arrival at the Modern
Languages Building yesterday afternoon.
The Nation of Islam, however, canceled
Muhammad's scheduled engagement.
Muhammad was to speak as part of a panel dis-
cussion on "Nationalist Organizing and the Role
of Students in Struggle."
"We got a call Thursday night from the
Nation of Islam and they said they were not
sending any ministers to speak in public," said
Charles Moody, University vice provost for
minority affairs.
Hillel - the University's Jewish students'
center - released a statement last Thursday
claiming Muhammad's speeches represent
"demagoguery, gutter racism and anti-
Semitism."
Ken Goldstein, chair of Hillel's governing
board, said he did not know about the cancella-
tion until yesterday afternoon, hours prior to
Muhammad's scheduled speech.
See MUHAMMAD, Page 2

e Actors pay tribute to
Langston Hughes, King
through readings
Students may remember Danny Glover for
his portrayal of an affable cop in "Lethal
Weapon," an abusive husband in "The Color
Purple" and a Los Angeles mechanic in "Grand
Canyon."
Sunday night, the silver screen actor took on
the eloquent voice of American poet Langston
Hughes for a poetry reading in Hill Auditorium
as part of the University's Martin Luther King
Day events.
Glover joined actor Felix Justice for the 90-
minute performance. Glover elicited laughs
with a humorous and poignant reading, and
Justice recited an emotionally-stirring speech
originally delivered by Dr. Martin Luther King,
Jr.
Both actors said they were strongly
influenced by the civil-rights leader.
"He had a profound effect on my life,"
Justice said in an interview afterward. "He
made me think differently about myself and
about the possibilities of where I was going as
an American and a human being. He had an en-
larging effect on the way I thought about
See ACTORS, page 2

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Events
Pollicy
outlines
Diag use
by David Rheingold
Daily Staff Reporter
Students can still build
shanties, those house-like wooden
structures of years past covered
with political graffiti, as long as
they keep them from falling apart.

'U' pays government $3M for computer fees

These are some details of
the policy announced
yesterday:
The policy applies only to
the center of the Diag and
North Campus Common.
People who want to hold
events at these areas must
first obtain a permit.
E People may erect
shanties but they cannot
leave safety hazards such
as sharp edges or nails.
Only groups affiliated
with the University may
obtain permits.
Events cannot be held on
exam days, study days,
Martin Luther King Day,

by Melissa Peerless
Daily News Editor
A former University employee is
meeting with University attorneys
today to ask the administration to is-
sue him a formal public apology.
Former Information Technology
Division (ITD) Budget and Finance
Manager Robert Moore - who
brought suit against the University
for overcharging the federal gov-

ernment for computer usage fees -
said University officials have been
issuing false statements about him
since they agreed upon a payment
plan with federal government
representatives.
"We are going to be looking for a
public apology," Moore said. "They
tried to attribute the problems to
something I did when I was never
responsible for setting rates in the

computer centers."
Although he declined to com-
ment on Moore's charges, Executive
Director of University Relations
Walter Harrison pointed to a para-
graph in the University press release
detailing Moore's responsibilities in
his position at ITD.
According to the statement,
"Moore ... was responsible for ac-
counting, budget, cost analyses -and

rate reviews. In the fall of 1986,
Moore devised a cost accounting
concept he called 'flow-through
funding,' which, among other things,
the government subsequently
challenged."
Moore was fired from the
University for alleged insubordina-
tion in March 1991. However, he
claims that his termination was
See ITD, Page 3

'U' denies Duderstadt is vying for Yale presidency

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