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LOCAL/STATE

'Magc' on
display at Grad
Libr ary
Maybe it's magic. Maybe it's reli-
Tion. Or, it could be science.
The'definition of "magic" can de-
,end on who you were and where and
~Vhen you lived.
"Traditions of Magic in Late An-
tiquity," an exhibition opening to-
morrow in the Harlan Hatcher Gradu-
ate Library, contains magical recipe
books, amulets, gems, pendants,
bracelets, magical words and signs
d demon bowls.
Gideon Bohak, the exhibit's cura-
tor, will present a slide lecture in
conjunction with the exhibition Feb.
-22 at 7:30 p.m. in the library's Special
Collections Library on the seventh
floor.
More than 40 items relating to the
practice of magic in ancient Egypt, the
Eastern Mediterranean and
Mesopotamia are included in the ex-
*bit, including several fragments of
magical recipe books written on papy-
rus, some with detailed instructions on
,conducting specific rituals and achiev-
ing desired results.
Bohak, an assistant professor in the
department ofclassical studies, is teach-
ing a course titled "Magic and Magi-
*cians in the Greco-Roman World."
Alum wins prize for
*athematics research
Kannan Soundararajan, a 1995 Uni-
versity graduate, is the first recipient of
a prestigious prize for undergraduate
mathematics research.
Now a graduate student in math-
ematics at Princeton University,
Soundararajan won the AMS-MAA-
SIAM Frank and Brennie Morgan
Prize for Outstanding Research in
athematics by an ,Undergraduate
tudent.
The Morgan Prize Committee cited
Soundararajan for "a body of truly ex-
ceptional research. As an undergradu-
ate, he researched analytic number
theory and has made outstanding con-
tributions to that field."
An annual award of $1,000, the Mor-
gan Prize was a gift from Brennie Mor-
gan of Allentown, Penn. Individual
Sndergraduate students or groups of
dents from any college or university
in the United States, Canada or Mexico
are eligible for the award.
To apply, undergraduates must sub-
mit one or more published or unpub-
lished papers that represent their work.
Professors can also nominate students.
To be eligible for the 1996 award, stu-
dents must aye beep un dergradpates
in December 1995 and must submit
eir papers no later than June 30.
Details about the application pro-
cess are available on the SIAM Un-
dergraduate homepage at http://
www.siam.org.
'U' Flint professor wins
national award
Nora Faires, associate professor ofhis-
8 ory at the University's Flint campus, has
received the William Gilbert Award for
est Article on Teaching History" from
e American Historical Association.
_Faires and co-author John
ukowczyk, a history professor at

,Wayne State University, were chosen
,or their outstanding contribution to the
taching ofhistory through the publica-
tion of journal articles.
The article, "The American Family
and the Little Red Schoolhouse: Histo-
rians, Class, and the Problem of Cur-
*ular Diversity," developed out ofpio-
neering oral history and
photo documentary research by
Bukowczyk and prize-winning photog-
rapher Bruce Harkness.
Faires used photographs and life sto-
ries of eastside Detroit residents to cre-
ate a curriculum for elementary school
children focusing on the concepts of
family and diversity.
-Compiled from staff reports

Mexican Americans celebra

By Kate Glickman
Daily Staff Reporter
Thirty years ago in rural New Mexico,
Rudolfo Anaya saved a baby's life by
pulling food out of the choking boy's
throat and rushing him to the hospital.
Friday night, before he began the
keynote speech for Chicano History
Week, Anaya met the 32-year-old man
whose life he saved.
"So, it's a nice story," said Anaya, a
storyteller and author of "Bless Me
U ltima."
Anaya talked to about 75 students

gathered in the Kuenzal Room of the
Union about values in the Mexican
American community.
"Faith history, living history, from
parents, grandparents, I call it Gente
history. It shapes who we are," he said.
Anaya asserted that history learned
in the classroom is not enough - Gente
history does not get the attention it
deserves for shaping lives.
Several of Anaya's works of fiction
depict a young person guided and taught
by an older mentor who passes down
traditions and values.

Many University stu
see Anaya as a mentorc
"He doesn't seem lik
wants to come here ands
it," said LSA senior Cass
"He wants to talk about is
and acceptance here at U
Anaya joked with the;
Mexican families and g
to students.
But he became serious
of good vs. evil in the v
"The values have to
connected with the har

Jewish center
opens, offers
new resources
By Maggie Weyhing
For the Daily
The Jewish Resource Center officially opened its doors
yesterday to students, planning to serve Ann Arbor as a
library and counseling center.
The new facility, located in a former fraternity house at
1335 Hill St., will function as an educational center for the
Jewish community on and around campus.
Rabbi Avraham Jacobovitz, the center's director, said the
idea for a resource center on campus began about 10 years
ago.
"It has been a dream for a long time," Jacobovitz said.
"We've been actively looking for a location for the past
four years and we finally purchased this building two
years ago."
Jacobovitz added that the resource center will help Jewish
students strengthen their ties with Israel as well as encourage
student involvement in the community.
"The new center is a Jewish educational organization that
is here to perpetuate Jewish culture and values," Jacobovitz
said.
The new center includes a library, lecture room and
apartments that will be available to rent.
LSA senior Darren Spilman, a member of the Hillel
governing board, said the new resource center is a valuable
addition to the campus Jewish community.
"I think it's fundamental to have a center for religious and
spiritual learning on campus," Spilman said. "In the rush of
daily school life, this is a place where we can put it all into
perspective and explore some of the deeper questions in
life."
Rabbi Naftali Kirzner, assistant director of the center, said
that the new facility will provide many opportunities for
Jewish students as an educational organization.
"The center will be purely educational. Students can come
here to read, ask any questions they might have or seek
rabbinical counseling," Kirzner said. "We also plan to have
high-caliber speakers from around the world come and
lecture here."
LSA junior Rebecca Sheiman, leader of American Move-
ment for Israel, said the center will differ from Hillel and
other campus Jewish organizations.
"This new center will be an outlet for learning that wasn't
here before," Sheiman said. "Hillel is more of a social
organization, while here there are libraries. This is great for
the Ann Arbor Jewish community."
Jacobovitz said he expects a positive response from the
Jewish community on campus.
"I think there is a special caliber of students here,"
Jacobovitz said. "I'm sure they'll appreciate such a cen-
ter."

The Michigan Daily - Monday, February 5, 1996 - 3A
te taditions, heritage
dents said they with nature, the community, the uni-
or educator. verse," he said. "If that is destroyed --
e the type who that which brings joy and beauty and Monday 5-6:30 p.m., Kuenzel Room,
speak and that's love-- then we have chaos." Michigan Union, Alliance Four
andraMunguia. Anaya said he fears the future of the Justice open forum and discussion
ssues of identity Mexican American community. Tuesday, 7-9 p.m., Trotter House,
"We distrust each other. We have veils RAZA Comedy Night
audience about that cover us," he said. "We need to pull Wednesday, 8-140 p.m., Not Another
ave warm hugs away the veils, to say we are not alone." Cafe, RAZ A pen-Mic Night
LSA senior Lizette Urbina, secretary Friday, 1-3 p.m, Kalamazoo Room,
s when he spoke of La Voz Mexicana, said, "We brought dscussion wit Trinidad Sanchez
world. (Anaya) because of his past experiences, Fidays9:30ih miniad SaMchigan
do with being his stories. He is one ofthe forefathers of League Ballroom, Baile Final
mony we have the Chicano literary movements," Featuring the Mighty Low Riders
MSA reps.
! Ke
By Laurie Mayk
Daily Staff Reporter
Michigan Student Assembly parti-
san politics prompted the Students'
and Wolverine parties' highest vote-
getters to leave their respective parties
in favor of the Michigan Party, the
representatives said yesterday.
LSA Rep. Probir Mehta, a former
Students' Party member, and Rep. Dan
Serota, a former Wolverine Party men-
ber, announced the switch, saying the
diversity and ideology of the Michigan
Party better matched their goals for th
assembly.
"(The Michigan Party is) very indi-
vidually centered," Mehta said.
"It allows independence," Serot
added. "It really seems that one person
can make a difference." ;
Mehta accused his former affiliat,
the Students' Party, of taking politics to
an extreme.
"The Students' Party does demand
that you be very partisan," Mehta as-
serted. "They hate the Michigan Party
- it's Satan for them."
Mehta said he was frustrated with te
Students' Party's refusal to consider
other parties' representatives for comti-
mittee chair positions or new project
leaders.
The Wolverine Party's partisan pre-
occupation goes beyond campaign wars
with the other parties, Serota asserted.
"Partisanship took over the party -
not just externally, but internally," Serta
claimed."They don't even trust their oxvn
membership. In the Michigan Party, when
you're in, you're in. In the Wolverine
Party, if you're in you're still not in."
"Once again the Michigan Party's
message is vindicated," MSA President
Flint Wainess said. "Dan and Probir
were the stars of the Wolverine and
7N AIDStudents' parties."
" Mehta, who said MSA Vice Presi-
ious hot sauces at a free hot sauce taste test at Tios dent Sam Goodstein encouraged both
him and Serota to join the Michigan
Party, predicted that others are bound to
follow their example.
oball derlfip"The good people will definitely
lobal leadership branch out and change," Mehta said.
Both Mehta and Serota said that al-
though they have friends within their
se we feel re- must account to us for what they do." former parties, they were shunned for

her and we, as Several students said they agreed with theirassociation with the Michigan Party.
give our best Robinson's suggestions and advice. "No matter what we did, it was Ia-
faithfully." "Robinson motivates me about beled as traitorous," Serota said.
ip as "honestly what's going on in news," said Aidoo While Serota's term won't end until
"forpeoplewho Osei, a graduate student in the School next fall, Mehta's will end this winter.
ety by reaching of Public Health. "You've got to be The Michigan Party is not yet ready to
ircommunities. pro-active to reach out to get informa- release its slate for the winter 1996
e should under- tion." elections, Mehta said.
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Local resident Chris Johnson samples var
Mexican Restaurant yesterday.

TransAfiica director speaks on g

By Anita Chik
Daily Staff Reporter
Randall Robinson, executive direc-
tor of TransAfrica, got a chance to share
his experiences striving for the liberty
of Third World countries to the Busi-
ness School on Friday.
The audience of students, faculty
members and staff listened to
Robinson's speech on "Responsible
Leadership in Dynamic and Global
Society" at Hale Auditorium.
The African Business Development
Corps invited Robinson, who has com-
mitted himself to fighting for justice,
civil rights and democracy in South
Africa and the Caribbean since 1984.
Robinson successfully pressured the
U.S. government to end the repatriation
of Haiti refugees by going on a 27-day
hunger strike two years ago.
"The problem hasto be solved in Haiti,"
he said. "The hunger strike was designed
to illustrate the patent unfairness."

Brent Chrite, director of the Afri-
can Business Development Corps and
the event's organizer, said Robinson
was brought to the University so stu-
dents could learn from his experi-
ences and his important role as a
leader.
"As future economic and political
leaders, we need to recognize how we
interact with other nations," Chrite said.
"Robinson's a vivid example of this."
Chrite said in his opening speech that
he hoped Robinson would inspire stu-
dents to make a strong commitment to
African, Caribbean and Third World
nations regardless of the cost.
Robinson smiled and stood up to thank
the University as more than 100 partici-
pants welcomed him with loud applause.
"Leadership has nothing to do with
oratory and capacity to give a speech.
Speeches are nothing more than pro-
vocative entertainment," Robinson said
in his deep, calm voice. "Our society

works. It works becau
sponsible for each oth
students and adults ...
efforts relentlessly and
He defined leadershi
accepting responsibility'
suffer and improve soci
out to people outside the
Robinson said peopl
stand that real leaders at
rities and high-profile
portrayed in the media,
are willing to sacrifice f
humankind.
"We're voting, rea
less," Robinson said. "I
patient you have to tat
daily basis.
"Democracy is not ab
mocracy is about the on
about cultivating, forbe
civilized democratic cult
in which we have to gii
those that we elect unde
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