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One hundred four years of editorial freedom
April 11, 1995
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3y Michelle Lee Thompson
*aily Staff Reporter
Two University second-year Law stn
are the complainants in a closed hearing
uled for 3 p.m. today under the Statem
Student Rights and Responsibilities -
Jniversity's code of non-academic coi
Eric Wise and Don Wiest claim they
t e victims of an assault at the hands
Jniversity students, including five me:
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Kors Kendrick Kakazu, Zachary Feldma
Dlanrewaju (Lanre) Olabisi, LSA senior
Kalev Freeman and Kinesiology senior
Hamdan. Engineering senior Paul Uzg
'he sixth student named in the complai
Kakazu, who wrestled in the 134-
Iveight class, was prosecuted in Wash
By Jodi Cohen
Student ihput on the recently pro-
posed changes to the race and ethnicity
.equirement was limited last night as
fewer than 10 students attended a
forum in the Michigan Union's Wol-
verine Room sponsored by the LSA
"I had hoped for more people, but
ihis isn't the last opportunity to have an
impact on R&E," said James Kovacs,
the event's moderator. "Programs like
this one will continue and hopefully
more students will come in the future."
Panelists, including Assistant Dean
for Undergraduate Education David
Schoem, outlined the recommendations
dnnounced last week by a committee
.ommissioned by LSA faculty.
One suggestion is mandatory
teaching assistant training for courses
that fulfill the requirement.
"I think that quite a few TAs aren't
used to dealing with race and racism
situations, so we talked about setting
up a training for teaching these
courses," said panelist Leilani
ishime, an English graduate student.
The group also discussed the
"I was wondering what the intent of
the courses is. Is the intent to educate
students' about different backgrounds
or is it designed to teach students to deal
with possible situations in the work
force?" LSA-SG Representative An-
drew Hamilton asked.
Panelist and philosophy Associ-
&e Prof. Elizabeth Anderson said the
-equirement is intended to facilitate
communication about various races
"The idea was to learn how dis-
tinctions have sharply divided
people," she said. "The hope was to
educate students and it was also to
facilitate communication. Hopefully,
students will also be able to under-
tand problems that may arise in the
Workplace after they graduate."
There was also some discussion
about whether current classes fulfill the
requirement's goals. Steve Madhavan,
LSA-SG vice president, said he "has
enjoyed the classes" and has "gotten a
lot out of them," but asked that students
have a larger impact on deciding which
classes fulfill the requirement.
Schoem said, "In this report, there
a way for students to petition for
individual approval. Students can go
to (Office of) Academic Actions and
submit a request."
The group also discussed the
requirement's name change from "Race
or Ethnicity" to "Race and Ethnicity."
"We recommended a name change be-
cause we felt that the name was confus-
ing and it misstated the purpose of the
-quirement," Schoem said.
0 One student said that she attended
the forum to learn more about the
proposed changes and to hear what
some of the committee members said
about their recommendations.
"I know that there is a lot of con-
rs to defend charges in code hearing today
County Circuit Court last month and pleaded opened. In any code case, the accused has the tion. Aggravated assault is a misdemeanor. glass door slammed back in my face," Wiest
no contest to a charge of aggravated assault option to open the hearing. Only one hearing "It's been blown out of proportion. I think said.
following an incident at Wise's residence lest
The other five accused students said they
did not approach Wise.
"No one (else) touched him," Hamdan
said. "If I would have done something, I
would have been punished a long time ago. I
would have been tried with Kendrick."
Mary Lou Antieau, judicial adviser for the
code, would not confirm or deny that the case
"The privacy of all the parties is involved
here," Antieau said. "I cannot reveal any-
Antieau added that the public would be
notified if a hearing under the code were
has been opened in the more than two years
since the implementation of the code, which
is still an interim policy. The University Board
of Regents is set to vote on whether or not to
make it permanent next week at the board's
Today's hearing could still be opened if
the accused requests an open hearing and the
Wise said he filed the case under the code
in order to make the event known to Univer-
sity administrators and to have the students
Kakazu was the only student prosecuted in
circuit court. His penalty was 108 hours of
community service and two years of proba-
they're protecting themselves because they
have to if they want to to stay in the Law
School," Kakazu said. "I don't think it's en-
tirely anyone's fault."
Wise said he and Wiest filed under the
code because, "This was an egregious group
criminal activity and there are sanctions for
this type of activity under the Statement of
Student Rights and Responsibilities. I think
it's not only appropriate but necessary that
they be punished."
Wise and Wiest, who are housemates,
recall last October's incident with anger. At 3
a.m. on Oct. 1, Wise answered their door after
the doorbell rang.
"Eric was dragged outside and I got the
"(Wise) was beaten in an attack that could
have killed him ... he was just kicked in the
head repeatedly," Wiest said.
Wise said that the alleged attackers visited
their house earlier in the evening and started
confrontations, which were split up by Wise's
other housemates. They returned later in the
evening and started the confrontation, Wise is
"Their behavior is unacceptable, outra-
geous, criminal and shouldn't b .condoned by
the University," Wise added.
However, Hamdan contends that when
Kakazu visited a party at the house earlier that
evening, several men beat up on Kakazu.
See HEARING, Page 2
From Daily Wire Services
TOPEKA, Kan. - Embracing the conservative agenda
of lower taxes, smaller government and a balanced bud-
get, Bob Dole launched his third White House bid yester-
day by casting himself as uniquely qualified to "lead
America back to her place in the sun."
"I am not afraid to lead, and I know the way," the
Senate majority leader said as he formally declared his
candidacy for the 1996 Republican presidential nomina-
"Let us rein in our government to set the spirit of the
American people free. Let us renew
our moral convictions and strengthen'
our families by returning to funda-
mental values. Together, let us reas-
sert our rightful place as a great
nation," he said.
Dole, 71, entered the race with a
scornful critique of President Clinton
as a "clever apologist of the status
quo," elected on a platform of change
in 1992 but now fighting the change Dole
voters demanded in the Republican
sweep in 1994.
"We need a President who shares our values, embraces
our agenda and will lead the fight for the fundamental
change America chose last November," said Dole, whose
commitment to that agenda will be tested in the coming
months as the Senate acts on legislation already passed by
the more conservative House.
There was nary a mention of his Republican rivals.
Befitting his status as the clear early GOP front-runner,
Dole chose to ignore them. His announcement was elabo-
rately choreographed, complete with a balloon drop and a
charter plane marked "Dole for President."
Dole proved anew his willingness to adapt to the times
- and the changes in his own party. He reached out to
economic conservatives who have often questioned his
commitment to lower taxes, and to cultural conservatives
who are influential in GOP primaries but somewhat sus-
picious of Dole because of his legislator's penchant for
As a symbol of his conservative commitment, Dole
signed the anti-tax pledge he rejected in his 1988 cam-
paign. His decision to sign the tax pledge was the clearest
sign that his issue agenda in the 1996 campaign will reflect
the rightward shifts within a Republican Party that was
swept into power last November. -
Dole did not mention the document yesterday, but
campaign manager Scott Reed said the candidate was
willing to sign it this year because Republicans, not
Democrats, control the Congress. "In 1988, the issue
was based on Democrats controlling Congress" Reed
Only Sen. Phil Gramm, (R-Texas), has signed the
same pledge, said Grover Norquist, president of Ameri-
cans for Tax Reform, which distributes the pledge to
. MARK FRIEDMAN/Daily
Birds of a feather
Bob Greenstein and his bird "Crackers" (red) play with "Junior" at the Cage Bird Club's meeting in Ann Arbor yesterday. Crackers is
4 years old; Greenstein has owned him since Crackers' birth.
Crackdown follows aza bombings
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) - In a
move that could push Palestinians closer to
civil war, Yasser Arafat cracked down on
Islamic militants yesterday after suicide
bombings killed seven Israelis and an Amen-
can college student.
Arafat's security forces arrested 112 fol-
lowers of Hamas and the smaller Islamic Jihad
group after Sunday's deadly back-to-back
bombings near two Jewish settlements in the
PLO-ruled Gaza Strip.
Washington applauded Arafat's tough
"We expect the Palestinian authority to
take this type of concrete action against those
within its jurisdiction who seek to destroy
the peace process through acts of violence
and terror," said State Department spokes-
woman Christine Shelly.
But angry Islamic militant leaders raised
the specter of civil war, apparently trying to
force Arafat to back down.
"If he (Arafat) practices this behavior, we
will defend ourselves by all means," warned
Mahmoud Zahar, a leader of Hamas, the
most powerful group opposing the faltering
More than 100
attacks in two
junior at Brandeis University on vacation for
Passover. She was wounded in the head
while traveling to a beach resort at a Jewish
settlement in the Gaza Strip.
After doctors declared her brain dead,
Alisa's father Steve authorized an operation
to remove organs for donation. In a state-
ment, he said his daughter loved Israel and
"her lasting contribution to the people of
Israel is that her organs were donated for the
saving of lives in need."
The mood in Israel was somber with funer-
als held for the victims.
"Stop killing the soldiers," wailed Pnina
Regev as the body of her son, Staff Sgt. Yuval
Regev, was carried on a jeep to a cemetery
south of Tel Aviv for burial.
Arafat's police chief, Maj. Gen. Nasr
Yousef, told The Associated Press more mili-
tants would be rounded up and some would be
put on trial.
A military court convened in a hastily
arranged all-night session yesterday, and the
three-judge panel imposed a 15-year sen-
tence on an Islamic Jihad activist for recruit-
ing suicide bombers.
Despite the tensions and anger, Israeli
Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin told nego-
tiators to resume talks with the Palestine
Liberation Organization on arranging Pal-
estinian elections and an Israeli troop pull-
back to allow Palestinian self-rule in the
The bombings wounded more than 40
people, and two of them died yesterday,
including Alisa M. Flatow, a 20-year-old
Rebels challenge political monopoly in Chiapas
. :. _
Editor's note: This is the second in a
three-part series on Mexico's Chiapas re-
gion, its people and the Zapatista movement.
By Robyn Denson
Special to the Daily
SAN CRISTOBAL DE LAS CASAS,
Mexico -Mexico's ruling party, the Partido
Revolutionario Institucional, or PRI, has been
widely accused of monopolizing government
and big business since the late 1920s. Frustra-
tion has been building for decades and within
bolically, in the poorest, most oppressed
region of the country: the southeastern
jungles of Chiapas.
Although government sources maintain
that Chiapas receives the second-largest
amount of government aid among Mexican
states, religious missionary groups, interna-
tional service organizations and Chiapanecos
themselves insist that conditions have not
improved significantly over the last 50 years.
"The money comes from (Mexico City),
but never makes it out of the government
Mexico's political parties and international
observers supervised. Despite expectations
of fair elections, many believe that the elabo-
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