The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, January 24, 1995 - 3
.Hindus celebrate 1st heritage week
Tuesday, January 24 *Bhajan - Traditional prayers and chants
Wolverine Room (Union) 8:3010 p.m.
By CHRISTY GLASS
For the Daily
The Hindu Students Council is celebrat-
ing the first Hindu Heritage Week with events
devoted to religion, culture and philosophy
The events are aimed at all University
students and will include meditation, music
and dance workshops, film presentations, guest
discussions and religious ceremonies.
"We are hoping to attract a broad range of
people to these events because the Hindu
culture defines different people with different
cultural, religious, and social beliefs," said
Mihir Meghani, a member of the council..
Shri Kanchan Banerjee, the national coor-
dinator of the council, agreed. "The Hindu
philosophy is universal and can serve a prac-
tical purpose in every person's life."
Honorary Chairperson Dr. Gayatri Garg
said she hopes this week's events will increase
awareness of the Hindu heritage and promote
understanding of Hinduism on campus.
"Knowledge is the basis for dispelling
misconceptions and for understanding
people," Garg said.
"Hindu Students Council is propagating
the accumulation of knowledge about the
Hindu heritage, which will bring increased
awareness among Hindu students and non-
Hindu students as well," Garg added.
Rahul Kohli, another member of the coun-
cil, said he hopes the events will "increase
awareness for those students unfamiliar with
Hinduism and increase activism for those
students who are."
Meghani said that depending on the suc-
cess of this year's events, Hindu Heritage
Week may become an annual event at the
University. He added that all students are
encouraged to attend these events.
All events are free of charge, except the
final presentation of national Indian dances
on Jan. 28. Tickets will be on sale at
Ticketmaster in the Michigan Union for $3.
Wednesday, January 25
Pond Room (Union)
Thursday, January 26
MLB Lecture Room 2
Friday, January 27
Anderson Rooms C&D (Union)
Saturday, January 28
Pendleton Room (Union)
*Discussion - Great Hindu Achievements
*Movie Presentation - "Ghandi
Raas/Garba/Bhangra - Traditional dances
9 p.m.-1 a.m.
* denotes event is free of charge
Arcade worker may
have aided m robbery
A report of armed robbery from an
employee of Pinball Pete's video ar-
cade on East William Street Friday
morning led police to investigate a
possible conspiracy to rob the store.
Initial reports indicated that three
*nasked men robbed the employee at
gunpoint at the
Polic East William
Beat The employee
the scene to the
location to call the police.
"Inconsistencies in the 'victim's'
tory eventually led to another account,"
of what happened at around 1:30 a.m.
Friday, according to AAPD reports.
Allegedly, the employee arranged
with the suspects for the robbery of
cash and jewelry from the arcade and
was partially involved in the incident,
"planning to take a cut," according to
the police report. Cash was stolen and
approximately $500 in damage was
lone to equipment in the building.
Further investigation is pending.
Suspect pulls gun on
After exiting a school bus on the
2400 block of Arrow Wood Trail, a
17-year-old high school student was
approached by a suspect the student
0new, and was asked, "Do you want a
blast?" according to AAPD reports.
The suspect then allegedly threw
a punch at the student that the student
avoided. The suspect then exposed a
revolver tucked into his waistband.
AAPD reports said that the sus-
pect stated, "I'm going to kill you."
The student was able to flee the scene
Host of accidents
include one fatality
Seventy-three traffic accidents
were reported to police over the week-
end, during which the season's sec-
ond large snowstorm complicated
The worst of the accidents oc-
curred Friday afternoon when a 49-
sear-old man ran a red light and col-
lided with another driver's vehicle.
The man's car hit a pole, throwing
him out onto the road. The man was
pronounced dead at the scene and was
apparently not wearing a seatbelt at
the time of impact.
Bouncer suspect in
An O'Sullivan's Pub and Eatery
bouncer allegedly threw a customer
out onto the sidewalk of South Uni-
versity Avenue at 12:30 a.m. Satur-
day and then punched him in the face.
According to a police report, the
victim and the bouncer had a confronta-
tion inside the establishment. The
bouncer to put the victim in a headlock
and throw him out the door. The victim
said his head hit the sidewalk and when
he tried to get up, the bouncer punched
him above the left eye and said, "You
better take care of that eye."
The victim was taken to the Uni-
versity Hospitals emergency room.
Police reported that the bouncer is an
Eastern Michigan University student.
Student wakes to
At 6:30 a.m. Saturday, a student
awoke in South Quadrangle Residence
Hall and called police about a man
hiding in his room.
Department of Public Safety re-
ports indicate that the caller woke up
to his alarm and found a Black man in
his room who was "trying to hide."
The suspect fled the room and DPS
officers were unable to locate him.
A Law School dean and a secre-
tary reported Friday that they had
received harassing calls on their voice
mail sometime Thursday night.
According to DPS reports, several
Law School professors also received
similar calls from a Law student who
lives in the Law Quadrangle.
The suspect was traced through
voice mail recordings of his phone
number. The student confessed to
calling several of his past instructors
the morning of Jan. 20 and leaving
harassing and obscene messages. The
suspect said that he "had gotten in-
toxicated (Thursday night) and was
venting some frustration."
--Compiled by Daily Staff
Reporter Josh White
University alum Max Apple spoke last night at Hillel.
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By JODI COHEN
Daily Staff Reporter
The University's faculty Senate
Assembly voted yesterday to accept a
revised version of the minority climate
report that was stalled in debate in
The assembly decided last month
to table acceptance of the report by the
Committee for a Multicultural Univer-
sity after lengthy debate over word
choices and the negative tone of the
"Changes in the recommendations
reflect a more positive approach to the
problem and a
greater emphasis 'The issues
on the role of the
faculty," said complex. W
former commit- taken the fi
tee chair Rashid h
Bashur, describ- I hope that
ing the changes committee
made to the docu- c
ment this past c t e
month. specific, ma
The report recommend
now states, "The
University of - Ra
Michigan should former cor
recommit itself to
policy of advancing diversity and inte-
gration in academic life, and it should
look for ways to strengthen this policy."
It also calls for an increase in mi-
nority faculty, with special attention to
promotion, merit review and tenure.
However, the debate at yesterday's
meeting focused on the future of the
report. Although it urges "all units
within the campus community to
achieve the common goals of diversity
and integration," some assembly mem-
bers expressed concern that this may
be an unattainable goal.
Many said that it will be difficult to
enact the recommendations because
the University has a dual system of
faculty governance - the Senate As-
sembly and the executive committees
in the various schools.
Provost Gilbert R. Whitaker Jr. said
he sees problems in coordinating ef-
forts across the different units.
"The issues and recommendations
belong to executive committees and
faculty of the school, not the Senate
Assembly. I think there is going to be a
Irst step and
situation at the
issues are quite
taken the first step
and I hope that the
continue to make
specific, more de-
lot of concern about every school do-
ing it the same, which is a basic under-
lying recommendation," he said.
Whitaker added,"I know that if you
are recommending to the executive
committee that they consider forming
a process to find equal kinds of poli-
cies, it is going to be complicated."
Assembly member Charles Smith
said that the committee must now make
specific policy suggestions.
"The next step is for the committee
to figure out specific ways to imple-
ment these recommendations," he said.
Bashur explained that the report
was not a final
are quite statement on the
By RACHEL LAWSON
For the Daily
University alum and author Max
Apple explained his passion for writ-
ing stories to an audience of more
than 200 people at Hillel last night.
"To you they're entertainment, to
me, breath," Apple said.
Apple's memoir "Roommates" de-
tails his life as a University graduate
student living with his 93 year-old
First-year LSA student Jaime
Berman said, "I read 'Roommates',
but listening to him read it really
made the book come alive."
Originally Apple wrote "Room-
mates" as a screenplay and sold it to
Disney, which will release the motion
picture of the same name March 10.
"My grandmother would be
happy." Apple said. "She always
wanted me to own two stores. Now
I'm opening in all the malls."
There are many differences be-
tween the movie and the book. In the
movie, Max's character is a medical
doctor instead of a writer and the
family's religion is Polish Catholic
instead of Jewish.
Ann Arbor does not appear in the
movie. "You'll love this. Not only
are we not Jewish, but we're Buck-
eyes," Apple said.
The film was made in Pittsburgh
and Ohio State was the closest cam-
pus on which to film.
Apple's University experiences
fill the first half of the book. "I stayed
in a dormitory room, and I thought I
smelled pork everywhere."
When asked if he has been back to
the South Quad cafeteria where he
ate as a student, Apple said, "I've
been back to a lot of places, but not
there. If I did go back, I'd probably be
just as fearful as I was that first time."
Apple said he does not keep a
journal to record his experiences.
"As a moment is happening, you
don't think 'this moment is pictur-
esque,"' he said. "If you do, you're
living your life in quotation marks.
"Life happens and then memory
happens and memory goes on for-
ever. Life changes with every sec-
ond, but memory can stay."
Apple said that once he decided to
write the book, it was not difficult to
recreate the characters. His grandfather,
Rocky, was especially easy to capture.
"Rocky had no pretense about
anything. He responded with the full
force of his being at all times. You
don't see that much."
First-year RC student Daniel
Messinger said hearing Apple read
excerpts from the book "really made
me evaluate my relationships with
r IILLLc Ycda pirU Headded, "All
we are asking is
now it is up to the Senate Assembly to
decide what steps to take."
Senate Assembly chair Jean Loup
agreed that the committee had com-
pleted its task. "What we can do is
accept the recommendations and
choose, as a body, to decide what to do
with them," Loup told the faculty gov-
After some discussion, Bashur im-
plored the committee to accept the re-,
port. "We would just like you to say1
thank you and good-bye," Bashur said.
He also stressed that none of the
recommendations were based solely
on a survey of minority faculty, one
criticism of the original report. At the
December meeting, assembly mem-
bers expressed concern that the sample
was not representative because only
200 of the 672 minority faculty mem-
bers had responded to the survey.
Bashur said the recommendations
also were formed after examining de-
mographic analysis, questioning col-
lege officials and reviewing relevant
literature during a two-year long study."
The Wolverine hockey team beat Notre Dame 9-3 on Saturday. This was reported incorrectly in yesterday's Daily.
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