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One hundred three years of editorial freedom
Community unites to help women to 'Take Back the Night'

By JUDITH KAFKA
DAILY STAFF REPORTER
For women who never leave their
Iomes past dark without clutching a
can of mace, for women who stay in
at night rather than risk being at-
tacked on the streets, for women
who feel dependent because they
always have someone walk them
home, Take Back the Night will be
an act of empowerment.
For women tired of being objecti-
fied, for men and women concerned

about gender equality and for people
supporting sexual-assault survivors
and their rights, tomorrow night's
events will be a political statement.
For some, this year's 15th annual
Take Back the Nightwill be both.
Take Back the Night - sponsored
by the Ann Arbor Coalition Against
Rape (AACAR) - is dedicated to
women's struggle for safety on the
streets at night.
Just as in the past, the events will
entail a public rally, followed by a

women's march through the streets of
Ann Arbor, while men hold their own
rally.
This year, however, men will join
women in the last blocks of the march,
a change made after much debate.
"There's definitely been more
controversy around this Take Back
the Night," said LSA junior Preeti
Garg, one of the rally's organizers.
"It will be interesting to see what it
will be like."
The main rally will take place in

front of City Hall, and features an invo-
cation, speeches and music. Prof. Sally
Haslanger will speak to the crowd, as
well as a sexual-assault survivor, and
then a group of women will read the list
of AACAR's demands.
"We, as AACAR and as represen-
tatives of the Ann Arbor community,
say what we hope to achieve - what
we demand," Garg explained.
After the rally, women will march
through Ann Arbor, "taking back the
night."

While the women march, men will
hold their own rally to discuss rape.
Rackham student Sam Ruhmkorff,
an AACAR member, explained that
the rally will be a low-key discussion
about men's role in stopping rape.
"There's so few spaces and time for
men to open up to each other," he said.
"It's important for men to see that
it's not just, 'Oh I don't rape so there's
no problem.' It's about more than that,"
Ruhmkorff added.
After the rally, for the first time in

AACAR's history, men will meet the
women in the march and follow them
back to City Hall.
AACAR decided to allow men to
join in the end of the march last month,
as a compromise between those who
wanted to maintain a "women only"
policy and those who thought it was
time for a change.
The decision has sparked much
controversy on campus and within
the Ann Arbor community. Some
See MARCH, Page 2

Violence grips
2 Afncan
nations after
leaders' deaths
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) - Rampaging troops report-
edly killed Rwanda's acting premier and three U.N. sol-
diers yesterday during fighting touched off by the deaths of
the presidents of Rwanda and Burundi in a suspicious plane
crash.
Reports from Rwanda's capital, Kigali, were sketchy
and it was not clear who was involved in the fighting. The
pital in neighboring Burundi was reported quiet.
i The violence in Rwanda broke out after President
Juvenal Habyarimana of Rwanda and President Cyprian
Ntaryamira of Burundi died late Wednesday when their
plane crashedwhile landing at Kigali's airport. The Rwandan
government said the plane was shot down, but U.N. moni-
tors said they could not confirm that.
A missionary reached by telephone in Burundi's capi-
tal, Bujumbura, said that city was quiet and the president's
death was being reported as an accident. There has been
widespread ethnic fighting in Burundi since the nation's
rst Hutu president was killed during a failed coup last fall.
Bitter rivalries between majority Hutu and minority
Tutsi groups have made both central African nations into
ethnic battlegrounds for decades. Rwanda also has been
divided among Hutus over a peace accord that
Habyarimana's government signed with Tutsi rebels last
year.
In Washington, President Clinton said Rwanda's acting
prime minister, Agathe Uwilingiyamana, "was sought out
and murdered" by Rwandan security forces.
L U.N. spokesperson Joe Sills said in New York that
ee Belgian U.N. soldiers were reported slain in Kigali.
They were apparently abducted by members of Rwanda's
See PRESIDENTS, Page 2

FIRST STEP TO A ROSE BOWL?

Report finds 1 in 7
female faculty face
sexual harassment

By SCOT WOODS
DAILY STAFF REPORTER
"Come into my office for a little more sexual
harassment," the professor says to his teaching
assistant.
It is a poor joke, however it is an extreme
example that actually occurred at the Univer-
sity. It is a survey response documented in a
1990 report on sexual harassment by the
Women's Caucus of the Department of Politi-
cal Science.
A study by Education Prof. Eric Dey says
one in seven (15 percent) female faculty mem-
bers of colleges and universities report having
been the victim of sexual harassment on the job.
Dey's study, which he will present in New
Orleans today to the annual meeting of the
American Educational Research Association,
also found full professors had higher rates of
reporting harassment (24 percent) than assis-
tant professors (13 percent) or instructors (9
percent).
Even after figures were adjuested for full
professors' longer years of service, they still
reported more harassment.
"It can be interpreted that harassment was
much more prevalent 15 or 20 years ago, that
significant progress has been made," Dey said.
Political Science Assistant Prof. Jill Crystal
said, "Our department has had sexual harass-

ment problems so bad, it had to have its own
sexual harassment policy."
"But the department's de facto policy has
been to do as little as possible concerning sexual
harassment," she added.
Crystal is suing the University, alleging that
sexual discrimination was the basis for the de-
nial of her tenure. She said she has not herself
been the victim of sexual harassment at the
University.
The Women's Caucus' report seems to sup-
port Crystal's assessment of the situation in the
political science department. Ten of 41 female
graduate assistants who responded to the cau-
cus' survey reported experiencing sexual ha-
rassment within the scope of their academic
work.
But sexual harassment, which grabbed the
nation's attention during the Clarence Thomas-
Anita Hill hearings in 1991, has again become
an issue in other departments as well.
Sociology Graduate Students co-chair Janelle
White, a Rackham student, said the topic dormi-
nated discussion at the group's last meeting.
She said the atmosphere was "pretty tense" in
her department as a result of two recent allega-
tions of sexual harassment by a male professor.
"The department does not want to take any
See REPORT, Page 2

MICHELLE GUY/Daily
The Michigan football team concludes its spring practice session with the
annual Blue-White intrasquad game tomorrow at Michigan Stadium at 1 p.m.
Beforehand, the Athletic Department will be conducting a sale of used team
clothing and equipment on the concourse of Crisler Arena starting at 10 a.m.

Despite unrest, Israeli
peace talks to continue

Diag candlelight vigil to draw
attention to Bosnian bloodshed

Palestinians' rights
suspended as
violence continues
in Israel
AFULA, Israel (AP) - As thou-
sands of angry Israelis gathered yester-
day to bury the victims of a car bomb-
g, the army barred 1.8 million Pales-
nans from entering Israel for a week
in one of its strictest closures ever.
The orderfollows two more attacks
by Islamic fundamentalists yesterday,
including one in which an Israeli was
killed and four were wounded when a
Palestinian opened fire at a bus stop in
southern Israel.
"We plan for Israel to be empty of
abs from the territories until Inde-
endence Day," Police Commissioner
Rafi Peled announced on Israel radio.
"I hope it will calm the situation and
contribute to the security." Israeli Inde-
pendence Day is April 14.
The attacks spurred calls for a sus-
pension of negotiations with the PLO

have brought in hundreds of Palestin-
ian academics from the occupied lands.
The violence came as Israelis ob-
served Holocaust Day in memory of
the 6 million Jews slaughtered by the
Nazis during World War II.
In Afula, police fought running
battles with about 300 Israeli youths
who burned tires after the funerals for
the victims of the suicide car-bombing.
The bus stop where the attack occurred
was covered in wreaths.
Settlers passed out literature con-
demning the peace talks. Banners at-
tacked Israel's peacemaking with the
PLO. About 5,000 Israelis gathered in
the cemetery as four of the victims
were laid to rest in a service broadcast
nationally. Three other Israelis and the
attacker were killed in the bombing.
The government representative was
booed, cursed as "trash" and forced to
leave under police escort. Much of the
anger focused on PLO leader Yasser
Arafat's failure to condemn the at-
tacks. One banner read: "Arafat does
not condemn the murders because they

By ROBIN BARRY ,
DAILY STAFF REPORTER
To LSA junior Denis Butkovic,
what's going on in Bosnia really hits
home.
"I'm Croatian, my father was born
there, so my motive is more personal
because I've been there," he said.
Butkovic founded an organization
- the Bosnia Relief Effort - that is
sponsoring a number of events over
the next week to educate the commu-
nity about the Bosnian war.
"We want to inform people about
the attrocities that are going on over
there," he said.
"With the concentration camps and
the rapes, it's the Holocaust all over
again," Butkovic added.
Butkovic said he also hopes to
raise money for wounded refugees

staying in the Detroit area.
He said a candelight vigil will be
held tomorrow at 9 p.m. on the Diag
to commemorate the two-year anni-
versary of the conflict's start.
Aside from the vigil, the group has
brought in a survivor of a Bosnian
concentration camp and a couple
whose family just left Sarajevo to
speak on campus next week.
Butkovic's efforts complement a
series of events being held across the
world. Student and community orga-
nizations have joined together to pro-
test and commemorate the war.
Simon Saks, a law student at the
City University of New York and an
organizer for the Students Against
Genocide Association, described the
similarity between the Holocaust and
the "ethnic cleansing" going on in

Bosnia.
"Genocide isn't just something
that happened a long time ago, it's
happening today," he said.
Glenn Ruga, an organizer with the
Friends of Bosnia in Massachusetts,
explained the reason these events co-
incide with Holocaust memorial week.
"Fifty years ago the whole world
swore that what happened during the
Holocaust would never happen again,"
he said. "And yet, today it is happen-
ing in the heart of Europe."
These local and international
events include a petition that is circu-
lating in an effort to elicit action from
the United States government.
"We need to put pressure on poli-
ticians and we need the support of the
community," said Butkovic.
"Something's got to be done."

m1 A Palestinian opened lire with
a submachine gun at abus stop
near the port city of Ashdod
today, killing one Israeli and
wounding four others before
being shot to death by
bystanders. The Islamic Jihad

Groups want neXt justice to 'look like America'

WASHINGTON (AP) - Justice
Harry A. Blackmun's retirement will
give America the youngest Supreme

a letter to the president.
Clarke Forsythe of Americans
United for Life said Clinton should

"What it should look like is the
very best talent that is available in the
legal community," said Lee, who served

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