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The Flint campus is so close to I-
475 that the off-ramp touches the cam-
pus. And from all over the Thumb of
Michigan, students commute here to
study. Although only an hour from
Ann Arbor by car, its climate toward
gays is light years away, said Tim
Retzloff, who spoke during public
comments Friday.
Thanking the regents publicly,
Retzloff said the bylaw change would
protect students at all University cam-
"At a campus where intolerance is
high and there is little public expres-
sion for fear of retribution, this bylaw
change is badly needed."
Retzloff spoke of friends being
physically assaulted for holding
hands, students destroying posters for
the campus lesbian and gay male pro-
grams office, and boycotts of group
bake sales.
"This says it's OK to be gay," he

Afterward, Regents Rebecca
McGowan (D-Ann Arbor) and
Laurence Deitch (D-Bloomfield Hills)
talked to Retzloff and said his state-
ment reinforced their belief that the
bylaw change was necessary.
"It demonstrates the need through-
out the Michigan system for this
change at this time," Deitch said.
McGowan agreed, "It was a very
moving statement."
Retzloff stated his belief that the
Ann Arbor campus is much more
"We don't have kiss-ins here," he
said, referring to the recent Queer
Kiss-In Diag demonstration in Ann
Arbor. "We have a long way to go to
be as far ahead as Ann Arbor."
McGowan stressed thast she be-
lieves the Ann Arbor campus still has
progress to make. "I think it is impor-
tant to note that there is intolerance
here in Ann Arbor, just as there is in

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hold a public hearing in January to
discuss changes to the Statement.
Of the two Statement cases that
have reached the student panel stage,
one has resulted in an expulsion and
the other's outcome is unknown. The
expulsion is now under appeal.
Among the statistics released:
*50 percent of the 12 harassment
cases have been dropped for lack of
charges are pending against
three students who allegedly mis-
used the disciplinary process; and,
Of the 22 charges completed,
only two alleged offenders were will-
ing to take their chances with a stu-
dent hearing panel.
Hartford defended the Statement,
saying she thought the statistics
showed the Statement was "working
and needed."

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Allah," he said.
"(Islam Awareness Week) is good
if you get the real understanding of
Islam. It should not bring so-called
Muslims butthosethatpracticeQur'an
and Sunnah," said YazidMohammad,
a member of the local Masjidtauba
Mosque and future Imam, or priest.
The Holy Qur'an is the Islamic
religious text containing the words of
God. The Sunnah is an account of the
Prophet Mohammad's sayings and
"One of the biggest problems in
the West is that because people take
things as is, (this fosters) many mis-
conceptions, prejudices and stereo-
types," Slaughter said.
A common stereotype is: All Ar-
abs are Muslims. In truth, Muslims
make up only about 10 percent of the

Arab population. Arabs comprise 20
percent of the Muslim population
Like Christianity and Judaism,
Islam branches out into sects ranging
from orthodox to fundamentalist.
But with the world's eye focused
on the extreme actions of the funda-
mentalist, a bad picture has been
painted about Islam.
LSA senior Shehnaz Khan said
she hopes people will leave the con-
ference "realizing women are not op-
pressed in Islam, and that Islam gives
a lot of respect to women and treats
them as equals. The idea that women
are mistreated in Islam is a myth."
Another stereotype the conference
will target is the serious hurdle faced
by members of true Islam in the United
States - the stereotypical correla-
tion of their faith with Louis Farrakhan
and the Nation of Islam.
Islam is based on brotherhood but
the Nation's focus is race superiority.

Mohammad, who was once a
member of the Nation, said, "(Islam);
does not speak of (Black) National-
ism, only of the Qur'an and Sunnah.
Islam fights for men, women, and-
children who are oppressed, not just.'
for one race."
A member of the Nation who
would only be identified as Brother X*
admitted, "There are many differences:
between (the Nation) and (other Mus-
lims). (The Nation) embraces (God's):
decree for the upliftment of the Black
Mohammad said this is opposed
to true Islam.
"You can't take (nationalism) mix-
it with Qur'an and Sunnah, and still
call it Islam," he said.
Brother X had no comment.
Mohammad said the most impor-.
tantmessage people should walk away; -
with is that, "Islam is not about a
Black thing. It's not all about a white
thing. It's about ahuman right thing."

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Duderstadt appeared to rule out
the removal of the campus Reserve
Officers,' Training Corps on the basis
ofthe amendment bylaw. Current fed-
eral regulations call homosexuality
"incompatible with military service."

"In the course of conducting your
study it is important to note that the
regents have determined that the revi-
sion to the bylaw shall notprohibit the
University from maintaining relation-
ships with agencies of the federal
government," Duderstadt said.
The task force is expected to re-
port to Duderstadt by the end of the
calendar year.

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once a year. Each time it's like coming home."
Karen Watson, class of '78, added, "My time at
Michigan represents some of the best years of my life."
The maize-and-blue mentality seems to last far be-
yond graduation. "It's a really nostalgic trip," explained
1970 graduate Gerald Deputat. "I feel like I never left."
This sentiment of lifelong commitment seems to
revolve around the mystique of tradition. Reputation,
academics, open-mindedness, athletics; in all these
spheres the University's excellence mandates a sense of
pride amongst its graduates - an attitude that elicits
unmitigated support.
"The greatest sensation is still when they say: 'Band,
take the field,"' said Ira Harris, class of '59.
A favorite Homecoming tradition is the exception-
ally messy, wild, rough, and tough annual student foot-
ball classic-the Mudbowl. This rugbyesque match pits
fraternities Sigma Alpha Epsilon and Phi Delta Theta
against one another in a muddy abyss. This year's
contest drew its usual packed house.
Hundreds of people stood cheering and laughing
around the marshy field. "I've always heard about the
Mudbowl," said '58 graduate Bob Kuehne. "It's pretty
crazy fun."
Jen Weiss, a University of Delaware senior visiting
for the weekend, added, "I've never seen anything like
Patty Hartwig, a 1965 University graduate, praised
this unique Homecoming tradition. She described it as,
"A bit of Ann Arbor folklore. It's like Americana, you
have to see it to believe it."
Even the Ann Arbor Fire Department got involved in
the festivities. As one firefighter said, smiling, "We're
here to enjoy the day. We're also gonna wet 'em down
at the half. It's just a little public service."
Although theshopsandrestaurantslining Ann Arbor's
streets may have changed since the days when they were
students, the alums didn't seem to really notice.
"The biggest change," said'68 alum Paul Regula, "is
that everyone seems to look younger as you get older."~




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In The name of ALLAH the Most Merciful, the Most Beneficial
the Islamic Circle & Muslim Students Association
of the University of Michigan
Present in honor of:
Islam Awareness Week
from Octobor.25,1993 through October 30,1993


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Join the1

Monday, October 25, 1993
+Lecte:"TeMden Muslim anD"
Dr. Sheema Khan, speaker.
7:00 pm law School, Rm. 100
Wednesday. October 27, 1993:
ectze: "Islam ad The Afri-canAmerica &peience"
Iman Abdul-Hakim Muhammad, speaker.
(assistant to W.D. Muhammad)
6:00 pm Law School, Rm.150
Friday. October 29, 1993:
Islamic Circle Islam Week Dinner
(1irereed, pleaseconradIfor ke and location)

Tuesday. October 26 1993
(ecre: "An Intmduction To The FundamenalsLOf Islam"
Iman Luqman, speaker.
6:00 pm Law School, Rm.100
Thursday. October 28. 1993:
'te e: "The Hisorical Developnent Of Islam"
Dr. Khalid Blakkenship, speaker.
7:00 pm Law School, Rm. 218
October 25, 1993 through November 15, 1993

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lesbians and gay men', and this
'special rights' really means no 'civil
She also emphasized the need for
oppressed groups across the country
to unite in order to collectively secure
their civil rights. Pharr claimed that
this has been a failure of the gay
community in the past.
"I think that the lesbian, gay male
and bisexual movement has charac-
terized itself as a white middle-class
movement, and it has been a racist
movement.... What it knows now is
that it is not just a moral and social
imperative to be anti-racist ... it is a
pragmatic consideration."
Following her speech, Pharr en-

couraged a discussion period, during
which audience members questioned:
Pharr about her views on everything
from Rush Limbaugh to gays in the
military. She concluded by posing a$
question to the audience.
"If you do not have free and acces-
sible and expansive public schools,
and free and accessible and expansive.
public libraries, is there any hope of.-
having participatory democracy?"-
Pharr asked.
Ypsilanti resident Joyce Windsor,
who attended the presentation, said*
she was surprised by Pharr's speech.'-
"It was different than what I ex-'
pected. It focused more upon the
religious right and less upon
homophobia than I expected, but it
helped me understand the interrela."
tionship between the two," Windsor

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