2 - The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, January 18, 1994
BSU draws hundreds of students to its slate of events
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The representatives of BSU dis-
agreed, emphasizing that they were
disappointed that BSU was not al-
lowed to play a part in planning.
Social justice panelists, who were
aware of the boycott, did not address
the issue, butconcern over the actions
of OAMI was voiced by audience
members near the end of the program
during the question and answer time.
Lester Monts, vice-provost for
academic and multicultural affairs,
surprised the audience by being
present and addressing this issue.
"I have sent out letters to members
of all ... ethnic student groups on
campus, asking them to come and
meet with me, not just to talk about
MLK Day, but to talk about other
issues that minority students face on
Responding to the specific con-
cerns voiced by the BSU, the vice-
provost stated that "it is very impor-
tant for me to involve the students,
and for BSU to come out and say that
we neglected to involve them is com-
Monts went on to say that there
was a lot of misinformation circulat-
ing about his office and this year's
MLK day activities.
When asked why his office did not
quell these alleged rumors by com-
menting on the boycott before it be-
gan, he replied, "I would like to speak
directly with students than through
some newspaper reporter who, from
what I've seen in the Daily, misinter-
prets and twists things around (say-
ing) that there's more of a crisis than
there actually is."
A representative of the BSU dis-
agreed with Monts and approached
the vice-provost after the Social Jus-
tice panel to fully state this concern.
Monts added that he was happy to
address this. "I'm glad someone
brought this up, so I can say what I
have to say."
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"In light of this year's sympo-
sium, it has dislocated from the spirit
of King's ideas of activism," said
The Teach-In addressed the re-
membrance of the African Ameri-
can struggle for equality, the reality
of the social context in which Afri-
can Americans live and the redirec-
tion towards political and economic
issues in the community.
Although this year's symposium
did not focus on the activism of
oppressed groups but on
multiculturalism, he emphasized
that BSU was not protesting this
year's theme, "American Culture or
America - The Multicultural."
But the most important issue sur-
rounding the Teach-In said BSU Vice-
Speaker Dafinah Blacksher was that,
"it shows we do have power in our
community and we can mobilize our-
selves behind a cause."
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Minister Rasul Muhammad of-
fered people who attended the Black
Student Union (BSU) Teach-In yes-
terday a path to self-empowerment
through organization and collective
He tied his message to the life of
Martin Luther King Jr., describing
him as a man determined to give his
life for what he believed.
Muhammad's address was the
closing installlment in a series of
Like what you
work for us.
events sponsered by BSU.
Muhammad, a representitive of the
Nation of Islam, addressed the impor-
tance of the celebrating King's birth-
day because of his relavence to both
the struggle and the liberation Black
people have experienced.
Muhammad spoke about King's
principal doctrine of equality of
Blacks and his use of non-violent
tactics during his struggle for the civil
rights of Black people.
He disagreed with King's method.
Even though Muhammad was not
In speech to BSU, Muhammad promotes non-violence
West Quad Wedge room. Later Rasul Muhammad gave the closing address.
advocating violence as the only or
first step in acheiving economic and
mental liberation for Black people, he
did mention it as an alternative to the
sole use of non-violence.
However, Muhammad pointed to
the determination of Martin Luther
King Jr. as a key to his success. His
willingness to give his life for his
beliefs made him a man worth honor-
ing and celebrating, Muhammad said.
He also praised King's effort, prin-
ciples and struggle for Black people.
He quoted Louis Farrakhan, the leader
of Nation of Islam, to say, "Dr. Mar-
tin Luther King was the perfect Ameri
Muhammad went on to imply that
King struggled to acheive the prin-
ciples on which this country was
founded. King wanted to make th&
Constutition applicable to Blac
people as well as whites.
Muhammad wanted Black stu-
dents to realize they must live each
day with a mission and step up to "the
challenge to produce greater ideas
than the ideas used yesterday."
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Just as the pledges of Fall Rush '93
finish their "hell weeks" and become
initiated into their fraternities, a new
group of men will enter the frenzied
period of decisions that will shape their
Winter Rush begins this Sunday.
But, before the rushees trudge through
the snow from house to house, the
Interfraternity Council (IFC) is hold-
ing twopreliminary events soprospec-
tive rushees can get a glimpse of Greek
At 7:30 p.m. tonight in the Michi-
gan Union Ballroom, the IFC is spon-
soring a mass meeting to detail the
logistics of the rush process.
IFC External Affairs Vice Presi-
dent James Powell, an LSAjunior, said
he expects between 300 and 500 men to
On Wednesday, each of the
University's 38 fraternitieson campus
will sponsor a table at the Fraternity
Forum, to be held in the Fishbowl from
11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Representatives of
each fraternity will be present to an-
swer questions and mingle with pro-
The actual rush process begins
Sunday and lasts for up to two weeks,
depending upon the specific frater-
Powell said the meetings will be
beneficial to prospective rushees.
"From the mass meeting, they can
get a glimpse of what Greek system
can offer and a schedule for the
He added that the fraternity fo-
rum is "a time for them to go in an
informal atmosphere to meet broth-
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accepted in the community," said
Councilmember Larry Hunter (D-1st
Ward), who supported a similar mea-
sure in 1989. "Nothing irritates the
people of Ann Arbormore than parking
tickets. They think the city considers
parking tickets as a source of revenue,
which is against the spirit of the parking
But Councilmember Julie Creal (R-
4th Ward) said amnesty is a bad idea
because it jeopardizes more than
$400,000 the city is trying to obtain
through legal action.
The city collects and processes park-
ing tickets issued on University prop-
erty. But an amnesty program would
not necessarily apply to vehicles ille-
gally parked on campus.
"There will be a great deal of public
and operational confusion if there is an
amnesty for city tickets and not for
University tickets," Assistant City At-
torney Thomas Blessing stated in a
memo to City Administrator Alfred
"The financial arrangements will
become very complex and/or very con-
fusing. It is likely that the University
will not be pleased with an amnesty
program," Blessing concluded.
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The University may drop the city as
collection agent for tickets issued on
campus, Gatta said. The contract be-
tween Ann Arbor and the University
reportedly has expired, according to
CouncilmemberJane Lumm (R-2nd
Ward) advised the city to send overdue-
ticket notices to students' campus ad-
dresses. "I have heard students use the
argument that the notice was sent to
their parents' home, while in the mean-
time their car was towed."
An amnesty program this spring
would raise about $280,000, Gatta's
report forecasts. In April 1989, the city
took in $286,000 through a similar
measure. Fewer than 9 percent of park-
ing violators opted in 1989 to dissolve
their debts through the city's amnesty
A council vote on whether to tow
vehicles with four tickets was post-
poned two weeks ago at Hunter's sug-
gestion. Current city policy states that
vehicles are to be towed upon accum
lating six unpaid tickets.
Hunter blasted the towing proposal
as "idiotic" in an interview earlier this
week. "It's a slap in the face to stu-
dents," he said. "Essentially what it
tells students is that 'We want your
money but we don't want your citizen-
A report to councilmembers esti-
mates that the city could raise at least
$125,000 annually by towing vehicl@
with four tickets. More than 65,000
vehicles already hold more than three
unpaid tickets, according to the report.
Gatta recommended the proposal
to councilmembers as part of Ann
Arbor's "commitment to collecting the
city's outstanding receivables."
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