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N E W S T U D E N T E D I T I O N 1 9 9 3



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Activism promises
.its own rewards
By Megan Abbott
Daily Staff Reporter
In 1960, a young University student named Tom Hayden become a
member of a burgeoning campus group that would soon break off from its
parent organization, the League for Industrial Democracy, and rename itself
Students for a Democratic Society (SDS).
Through this act, this decision to join forces with a socially conscious and,
at that time, civil rights-focused campus coalition, Tom Hayden placed himself
. center stage in the social protest movement of the 1960s. He would write the
famed Port Huron Statement, the charge d'armes of a generation of college
He would be arrested at the Democratic National Convention in Chicago
and stand trial as one of the Chicago Seven, held on charges of sedition. He
would carry SDS through the tumultuous decade with a sense of purpose and
courage. And that's because he made a choice - a choice to participate in the
University world that exists and thrives outside of the classroom.
Not every choice you make will carry lasting resonances. Just because you
didn't take that Rgmantic Poets class doesn't mean you'll never find eternity in
a grain of sand. But some choices do matter. And the pulsing universe that
exists outside the classroom, outside the Grad stacks, outside your cramped
South Quad triple - it's practically begging you to reach out and grapple for it.
What that means to you depends less on your current self - your not-
wholly-formed psyche - than on the potential you screaming to get out.
Maybe that potential you will be unleashed by rushing a sorority or fraternity
- a decision that can mean new friends, tentative or lasting romances,
hayrides, formals, service, community. Or maybe it's a matter of being with
those of your heritage or faith or politics or career plans or hobbies.
See CHOICES, Page 9





The Interfraternity Council Ann Arbor is a place like no
and the Panhellenic Association are other when it comes to activism and
the governing and coordinating bod demonstration. (top) Few cities possess
ies, for fraternities and sororities onthe flair for the politically dramatic that
the University campus and watching AnnArborhas.Ifyoucanexperienceall
over all Greek activities. They each there is to find on the activist scene in
have their own specific agendas, but this city, then you will likely be able to
work together toward the common form a well-informed and valuable
goals of Greek life. mindset. Check out this photo story and
see what it is all about.

The University ActivitiesI
ter(UAC), the largest student-run orb
zation at the University, was create
1965 to provide the campus with a
gramming board devoted to offeri
variety of cultural, social and educat
events. While at most schools, su
group is run by professionals, UA
operatedby volunteer students who
charge of all of the organization's da,
day administration.
Since 1988, the Home
Action Committee (HAC) has fo
to put homelessness and low-inc
housing on the political agend
Ann Arbor. HAC is a political ac
,group whose work includes lobb
local political leaders, educatinj
community on issues of afford
housing and local government pr
ties and mobilizing public suppoi
political action to address the hot
crisis in Ann Arbor.


The Domestic Violence
Project's mission is to end domestic
violence in Washtenaw County. The
organization exists to provide direct
services to survivors of domestic vio-
lence, and to provide community edu-
cation and engage in social changework
in order to develop more effective re-
sponses to survivors of battering.





University ofMichigan Hillel,
the second largest student programming
organization on campus, plays a vital
role not only in the campus Jewish
community, but in the life of the entire
University. Hillel houses more programs
than any group except UAC. Through-
outtheyear, itsponsorsservicesandclasses,
ers and entertainers, publications and
Campus Crusade for Christ
has more than 40 years experience and
success in helping students like you
develop in their relationship with God,
while leaving their mark for Christ on
campus. It wants to help you develop a
personal venture, leaving a spiritual
legacy on campus that will make an
impact. Campus Crusade also wants to


What is Queer Action? It is a
direct-action, anti-racist, non-violent
campus political group working to in-
crease the awareness and visibility of
lesbians, gay men and bisexual people.
It is dedicated to ending homo/bi-pho-
bia and all forms of oppression. It con-
siders "queer" tobeinclusiveofallnon-
heterosexuals, without regard to race,
gender or any other factor.





TbeUniversity' spurpose should
be to foster intelligent and well-informed

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