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Hillel hosts the
many comic faces
of Judith Sloan



One hundred three years of editorial freedom
Vol CIN.5 At ; MqfO:-Fiay aur 4 194McialDd
'U' decision to withhold e-mail files may bring lawsuit

Electronic mail messages are protected
from public scrutiny, University attorneys
A University graduate who was denied
access to the e-mail of University President
James Duderstadt and three other administra-

tors is pondering his next step.
Chetley Zarko, a 1993 LSA graduate, said
he is thinking about suing the University for
access to the messages.
"Knowing the case law in the area, the
case will probably set a precedent," Zarko
Walter Harrison, vice president for Uni-

versity relations, denied Zarko's Freedom of
Information Act (FOIA) request for the mes-
sages after consultation with the University's
attorneys and attorneys with Miller, Canfield,
Paddock and Stone.
The University originally agreed to grant
Zarko access to President James Duderstadt's
electronic mail for Nov. 10, 1993. Zarko was

told he would have to pay $200 to cover the
cost of searching for that day's incoming
The University has more than 80,000 us-
ers who send about 1 million messages each
Zarko, a freelance writer, said, "I just
wanted to see if I could get it."

Harrison, who was the acting FOIA of-
ficer at the time, reversed the earlier decision
and denied Zarko access, citing the need to
evaluate the University's policy on e-mail
"If you maintain the system, you have to
maintain the privacy of the employee,"
See E-MAIL, Page 2

After 7 years,.
struggle still
Seven years after the University first officially com-
memorated the achievements and dreams of Dr. Martin
Luther King Jr., the campus community will join in
recognition of his accomplishments.
But the road to this day was not an easy one.
Students of all ethnic backgrounds fought a lengthy
battle to convince the University administration to rec-
ognize MLK day, which will be observed Monday with
the programs centering around the theme "'American
Culture' or 'America - the Multicultural'?"
The height of the students' struggle occurred in 1987,
Ohen a group of activists presented the University with
a list of demands to combat what they called institutional
racism prevalent on campus.
Among the demands, the members of the United
Coalition Against Racism (UCAR) called for recogni-
tion of the national MLK holiday, which included can-
cellation of classes and closing of offices.
"Racists use the back door," protesters chanted Jan.
18, 1988, although this marked the first year in which the
University publicly, recognized Dr King's birthday. Op-
*ional programs were offered as an alternative to classes.
However, many professors still held lectures, and some
even administered tests.
Students were unhappy because they felt the Univer-
sity had yet to fully honor Dr. King's legacy by canceling
classes. "The time for passivity is past!" exclaimed a
UCAR member.
About 75 protesters, led by UCAR, blocked en-
trances to Mason, Angell, and Haven Halls in an effort to
encourage students to either boycott classes - or enter
he buildings through the back doors. Consequently,
ore than 1,000 students refused to attend their classes.
The next year, in what many deemed the University's
effort to recoup losses in public opinion, classes were
canceled and Dr. King's birthday was proclaimed "Di-
versity Day" by then-newly appointed President James
This became a time in which the administration
See MLK, Page 5

BSU will boycott
MLK Symposium
By JAMES CHO "not concerned with, nor relevant to the commu-
DAILY STAFF REPORTER nity from which Dr. King arose. The program
The Univeristy's Black Student Union (BSU) clearly lacks the Black activists and cultural
announced yesterday that it would boycott the heroes characteristic of other symposiums."
events scheduled for the Monday's Dr. Martin Lester Monts, Vice Provost for Academic
Luther King Jr. Day Symposium, citing what and Multicultural Affairs, was unavailable for
members see as the failure of Univeristy organiz- comment.
ers to "honor the history of activism out of which The move by BSU took symposium organiz-
the symposium was created." ers by surprise.
In a letter to be published in today's Daily, In response to the concerns addressed by the
BSU announced its intention to boycott events students, MLK Symposium Coordinator Michael
sponsored by the Office of the Vice Provost for Jones-Coleman said, "Dr. Monts will be be ad-
Multicultural Affairs, the University department dressing those concerns. I think a lot of the
organizing the symposium. concern is based on misinformation."
The letter states that the theme, " 'American
Culture' or 'America - the Multicultural'?" is See BOYCOTT, Page 5


Selma, Ala., 1965: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. kneels in prayer after being
arrested for his participation in a voter registration drive.

Black coaches strive to maintain opportunities

Juwan Howard says of.proposed
BCA boycott, "We're all in this
Although two-thirds of all Division I men's basketball
players are African American, only one-fifth of head
coaches share the same ethnic background.
This executive underrepresentation, some coaches say,
is one of the the logs that fueled the furor over new
legislation by the governing body of college athletics.
In response to a decision by the NCAA's Presidents
Committee to not restore a 14th scholarship for a member
of a Division I men's basketball team, the Black Coaches
Association (BCA) has threatened to boycott play.
Dennis Coleman, general council for the BCA, called
the rejection of the proposal to restore the former limit
-He said, "We believe that those 330 scholarships are so
critically important to our community.
"We are losing every day Black men from our neigh-
borhoods," Coleman said. "Some of them, the only access

(to college) they are goingjo get is
these scholarships."
While many coaches, Black and
white, agree that the retention of a
14th scholarship is important to bas-
ketball programs, they disagree about
whether or not having one fewer schol-
arship will dioproportionately affect
African Americans from the inner city.
"There is a desperate need for
something to be done to continue to
make education accessible to minori-
ties and the economically deprived,"
said Milton Barnes, an assistant coach
at Minnesota and BCA member.


Barnes said that if and when there is a boycott, he and
head coach Clem Haskins will participate.
In addition, members of the BCA indicated that the
games most likely to be boycotted would be those be-
tween teams that both have Black coaches, to avoid the
penalizing loss that results when one team forfeits.
Scott Perry, an assistant for the Wolverines, said 330
scholarships may not sound like a lot when the big picture

of Division I basketball is considered, but on an indi-
vidual level, they can have a big impact.
"(They) add up over time," he said. "Maybe that one
kid (who receives a scholarship), he affects four, five kids
in the neighboorhood."
Perry said the reduction of scholarships could have an
effect similar to that of the NCAA's decision to raise
academic standards for student-athletes.
See BCA, Page 2

-Warrants issued in Kerrigan
attack; FBI arrests two men


Possible hit-man
identified as plot
thickens in assault
on U.S. Olympic
figure skater
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Tonya
Harding's bodyguard and another man
were arrested Thursday and charged
with conspiracy in the attack on Olym-
pic figure skating rival Nancy Kerrigan.
Bodyguard Shawn Eckardt and
Derrick Smith were arrested in Port-
~and, according to Michael Schrunk,
WAultnomah County district attorney.
Smith, a former resident of Port-
land, moved to Phoenix about five
months ago, Schrunk said. It was not
clear what role Smith played in the
alleged plot. The two men were ex-
pected to be booked last night, and one
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the attack, The Oregonian newspaper
reported yesterday in a copyright story,
citing unidentified law enforcement
There was no indication that
Harding was involved in planning the
attack, authorities said, despite a report
by Boston TV station WCVB that a
sealed warrant contained her name.
The whereabouts of Harding and
Gillooly were still a mystery last night.
They have been staying away from
their Portland-area home since Tues-
Authorities also kept a low profile,
announcing the arrests of Smith and
Eckardt with a terse, faxed news re-
lease, then saying there would be no
further comment.
Eckardt, handcuffed and wearing a
green jacketandblue jeans, was brought
to the city-county Justice Center jail in

ABC News also said a Portland
man, whom it identified as Shane Stant,
was the alleged hit-man who carried
out the attack at Cobo Hall in Detroit.
The assailant escaped.
Multnomah County sheriff's
spokesperson Bart Whalen said earlier
yesterday that more than two arrest
warrants were expected. He said the
charge of conspiracy to commit assault
is a felony punishable by up to 10 years
in prison and a $100,000 fine.
After Kerrigan was clubbed on the
knee, she was forced to withdraw from
the figure skating championships, rais-
ing doubts about her ability to compete
inthe Winter Olympics in Lillehammer,
Norway, Feb. 12-27. She won a bronze
medal at the 1992 Winter Olympics at
Albertville, France.
The U.S. Olympic Committee and
the~ IT S imr,.j Qlrt,,rrA-m~cwintin

'M' to host
After a week of uncertainty, the
Michigan men's swimming and div-
ing team finally faces a known com-
modity. The problem is that com-
modity is the No.1 team in the nation.
Coming off its first dual meet loss
of the year and an eligibility question
for one of its top swimmers, the No. 3
Wolverines (5-1) get the unenviable
task of facing the the county's top
squad - the Stanford Cardinal (3-0)
- today and tomorrow.
Despite the small difference in
rankings, Stanford is a heavy favor-
ite, this weekend. The Cardinal boast


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