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The Michigan Daily - Monday, February 19, 1996 - 3A

Voter regstmti,


Tomorrow is the last day to register
vote in the Michigan presidential
primary, which takes place March 19.
Voters can register at the city clerk's
office or the secretary of state's office.
Ann Arbor residents can also register at
the Ann Arbor Public Library.
To obtain an absentee ballot, voters
should contact the clerk from the city or
township where they are registered.
Michigan election law requires anyone
who registers by mail to vote in person
Q the first election they vote in.
Students sought for
Diversity Advisory
The Office ofNew Student Programs
is seeking students, faculty and staff to
serve on a Diversity Advisory Commit-
tee. The group will be involved in the
lanning, design and evaluation of pro-
ams addressing multicultural aspects
of summer orientation.
The committee will aid ONSP in in-
corporating the objectives ofthe Michi-
gan Mandate into orientation activities.
To apply, contact Penni Reed, direc-
tor of ONSP, at 764-6290 or over e-
mail atpreed@umich.edu.
Medical School given
4 2M endowed chair
Dr. James Woolliscroft, a professor of
internal medicine and chief of clinical
affairs, has been chosen as the first fac-
ulty member to hold the Josiah Macy Jr.
Professorship of Medical Education.
The chair, the first in the nation for
medical education, was endowed by
the New York-based Josiah Macy Jr.
Woolliscroft will leada team ofmedi-
0 education experts to develop, imple-
-ment and evaluate models for teaching
medical students in outpatient settings.
The University Medical School was
selected from 51 schools that applied
for the endowment.
Woolliscroft is internationally rec-
ognized for his expertise in clinical
care, medical education and educational
research. He will serve a five-year term
and the appointment may be renewed
4 r five more years.
Prof. receives
education award
Sylvia Hurtado, an assistant profes-
sor of higher education, recently re-
ceived the Early CareerAward from the
Association of Higher Education.
The award is designed to recognize a
scholar who has contributed a significant
i dy of scholarship ora single extraordi-
ry research achievement to the field.
Hurtado's recent works include
"Latino Student Transition to College"
and "Faculty Attitudes Toward Regu-
lating Speech on College Campuses:
An Analysis of Individual and Institu-
tional Factors."
She joined the faculty in the Center
for the Study of Higher and
Postsecondary Education at the Uni-
versity in 1992.
Domestic Violence/
SAFE House offers
survivor services
O The Domestic Violence Project/
SAFE House provides services to sur-
vivors of domestic violence and their
children in Washtenaw County.
Services include a 24-hourcrisis line,
emergency shelter, counseling, sup-
ort groups, 24-hour response after
domestic assaults and court advocacy.
- The crisis phone line number is 995-

The project is also looking for volun-
teers. For more information, contact
Kimberly Brown at 973-0242, ext. 251.
- From staff and wire reports

By Jeff Eldridge
Daily Staff Reporter
The North Campus Commons is a name of
the past.
The building was renamed the Pierpont Com-
mons on Friday, after Wilbur and Maxine
Pierpont. Wilbur Pierpont served as financial
vice president of the University from 1951 to
1977, a time when the University's assets saw
rapid growth.
At a renaming ceremony that 150 people
attended, University President James
Duderstadt praised the role of the Pierpont
Commons and the growth of North Campus.
"This particular facility really is the hub of
the growing and vibrant community on North
Campus," Duderstadt said.
Duderstadt praised Pierpont and his contem-
poraries for having the vision to conceive the
"We have to admire the foresight of Presi-
dent (Harlan) Hatcher, Vice President Pierpont
and the Board of Regents," Duderstadt said, as
he described the development of the campus
since a time when "it was rolling farmland
north of the Huron River."
Wilbur Pierpont recalled the time before
construction began on North Campus.

"Some 45 or 46 years ago, Maxine and I
walked over to this undeveloped area on warm
fall days," Pierpont said.
Pierpont said his wife enjoyed the beauty of
the land, and he reflected on the creation of a
new campus for the University.

Regent Deane Baker
(R-Ann Arbor), the only
current regent who served
at the same time as
Pierpont, said Pierpont
was respected during his
"Bill Pierpont earned
and enjoyed his reputation
as a financial wizard,"
Baker said. "He was a
known leader who inspired
confidence and loyalty."

renamed after former
'Ufinanial officer Pierpont

He was
leader wb(
loyaity- R
- Regent

that although she did not work with Pierpont,
she has enormous respect-for his achievements.
"I wholeheartedly think this was a wonder-
ful name to put on the building," McFee said
McFee said it has been impressive to watch the
growth of North Campus.
"I was a student in Ann
Arbor during the first days
J a luiewn of this campus," she said.
"To see it several years
01 jnsujred later is quite gratifying."
Erin Elmquist, an En
e and gineering senior,
watched a portion of the
renaming ceremony. She
t Deane Baker noted the University's
tendency to frequently
R-Ann Arbor change the names of its
"I think it's really nice that they honorpoeple
who have made a contribution, intellectually
or monetarily, to the University," Elmquist
said. "But it will always be the North Campus
Commons to me."
The 93,000-square-foot building houses
many computing labs and a branch of the
registrar's office, as well as several stores,
restaurants and study lounges.

Pierpont said North Campus is one of the
University's success stories. He used a football
metaphor to describe his role in its creation.
"At alumni meetings, I was sometimes intro-
duced as the quarterback for the North Campus,"
Pierpont said. He added that no quarterbackever
won the Heisman Trophy without the support of
a team, as he lauded his former colleagues.
Regent Shirley McFee (R-Battle Creek) said

Wilbur Pierpont, who served at the University as financial
vice president from 1951 to 1977, speaks at the renaming
ceremony of the Pierpont Commons on North Campus.

focuses on
By Katie Wang
Daily Staff Reporter
More than 100 students transformed
the Michigan Union into an African
village on Saturday afternoon.
"In the Village" - a symposium
featuring speakers and workshops -
challenged the imagination of the audi-
ence to recreate a village in Nigeria.
"Get into the world of imagination
and imagine you are in a village in
Africa," said Rackham studenf Stephen
Uche. "Adopt one in your imagination
6,000 miles away."
The theme of the symposium, "In the
Village," wvas inspired by the commu-
nity, spirituality, traditions and cultural
identities that are found in a prototypi-
cal West African village.
The speakers and workshops encour-
aged the audience to strengthen and
unite not only the University's African
American village, but also the African
American community as a whole.
"It's time to come back home to our
villages," said Ray Johnson, principal
of Detroit's Paul Robeson Academy.
"When we go back to the village we
must certainly continue to love our-
selves and the only way we can do that
is to know who we are."
Johnson emphasized the importance of
commitment to the village community.
"If we got some folks to commit, it
could be revolutionary," he said.
The audience spent the afternoon at-

UJ' purchases former-
Sigma Phi Epsilon
fraternity house

By Jodi Cohen
Daily Staff Reporter
The former Sigma Phi Epsilon frater-
nity house - and the University's
original agreement to purchase it -
went up in smoke last September when

Farris Womack, executive vice presi-
dent and chief financial officer.
"This is the price we believe and the
owners believe represents its current
value," Womack said.

This figure is

Na'im Akbar delivers the keynote address for the "In the Village" symposium
Saturday in the Michigan Union Ballroom.

tending student-run workshops that fo-
cused on building and strengthening
the village community.
The symposium concluded in the
Michigan Union ballroom where Na'im
Akbar, a clinical psychologist who ob-
tained both his undergraduate and doc-
torate degrees atthe University, gave
an emotional keynote address.
Akbar stressed that the village is a
"shared consciousness, a place for col-
lective work and collective action."
"The criteria for village menbership
is yourcommitment to this village life,"
he said.
Akbar cited Snoop Doggy Dogg and
Michael Jackson as examples of people
who failed to take their "geniuses to
help build the village but instead to
destroy elements of the village."
"We want brothers to understand that not
only can you slam basketballs but you can

slam dunk the universe through the circum-
ference of time if you choose to do so."
Akbar also made reference to the
Million Man March and called it a sign
of a "new day."
"Farrakhan is symbolic of the new
independent black mind," he said. "It is
the time to do what you damned well
(want) to do. From this day forward
decide what you want to do."
"For the most part I agree with every-
thing (Akbar) said about blacks con-
tributing to their own community," said
Engineering senior Sean Ferguson. "No
one's going to love you the way your
community loves you."
The symposium was sponsored by
several student organizations including
the National Society of Black Engi-
neers, the Black Student Psychological
Association and Office of Academic
Multicultural Initiatives.

arsonist fire de-
stroyed the prop-
On Friday, the
University an-
nounced it will
still purchase the
house for about
$200,000 less
than the original
In July, the Uni-
versity Board of
Regents approved
the purchase of
the house, located

"The property
was not the same
as when we had
agreed to
purchase it"
- Farris Womack
Chief financial officer

based on estimated
repairs that will
cost the Univer-
sity ablout
Womack said
he is not sure of
the University's
plan for the house,
but said it will be
used as a "site for
future expan-
sion." The Uni-
versity already
owns adjacent
property north of

at 733 South State

St., at a price of $630,000. The latest
report shows the University paying
$475,000, a result of a January ap-
praisal by the Gerald Alcock Company.
"We agreed to purchase the house (in
July). After that, the house burned so
the property was not the same as when
we had agreed to purchase it," said

the building.
According to a recent report drafted
by Womack, the building is being con-
sidered for use as interim office space.
"We will make adeterminationifitis
in our best interest to renovate it or take
it down," he said.
The cause of the fire is still undet

Former'U' prof. speaks on role of Islam

By Matt Buckley
For the Daily
Former University Prof. Ali Mazrui
returned to Ann Arbor on Friday to
discuss the role of Islam in the poli-
tics of African nations and the United
About 150 graduate students and fac-
ulty attended Mazrui's speech titled
"Behind the Islamic Veil: Politics,
AIDS, and Culture."
Mazrui said that in Africa, Muslim
regimes are different from non-Muslim
regimes. In particular, civilian Muslim
regimes tend to be more democratic
than civilian non-Muslim regimes,
while military Muslim regimes tend to
be more repressive than other military
"Militarized Islam in Africa is extra-
dictatorial. Civilian Islam in Africa is

extra-tolerant," Mazrui said.
Mazrui said Muslim nations tend
to have lower levels of interpersonal
crimes, such as rape and theft, than
non-Muslim nations. In contrast, citi-
zens of Muslim nations are more
likely to engage in acts of political
The lecture also detailed the role of
Islam in American society and politics.
Unlike several African nations in which
leaders have come from a variety of
religions, the United States is less ac-
cepting of the idea of leaders with other
religions, Mazrui said.
"A Muslim president of the United
States is still a mind-boggling concept."
Mazrui said.
American Islamic thought is split into
two branches, Mazrui said. The "gospel
of peace" that forms one branch in-

cludes many mainstream concepts.
Mazrui's second branch is the "gospel
of discipline," notably the Nation of
Islam under Louis Farrakhan. This
branch preaches self-sufficiency and
demands an end to black exploitation
by whites and Jews.
Mazrui served as a member of the
University faculty from 1974 to 1991.
He taught several courses in African
politics and international relations. He
was also director of the University's
Center for Afroamerican and African
Studies from 1978 to 1981.
A question-and-answer session af-
ter the lecture generated several ques-
tions about the nature of Mazrui's theo-
"I thought the lecture was very inter-
esting," said Lola Adebiyi, an LSA
first-yearstudent. Adebiyi said one rea-
son she attended the lecture was that her
mother worked with Mazrui'
Members ofthe audience said Mazrui
exposed them to new ideas.
"(The speech) was very informative
in terms of his analysis," said Ann Ar-
bor resident Dean Amen. "He gave an
interesting analysis that I had not heard
Mazrui's speech was a part of the
Zora Neale Hurston Lecture Series.
CAAS Assistant Director Evans Young
said the series serves as "an occasion
to reflect on emerging directions in the
study and representation of the black
experience across the African

You are welcome to
Ash Wednesday
Meditative worship for
Campus and Community
A service of Scripture, prayer, silence,
meditative singing of music from the Taize Community,
imposition of ashes and Holy Communion

February 21


7:30 p.m

What's happening in Ann Arbor today

Campus Chapel
1236 Washtenaw Ct. Ann Arbor 48104
Sponsored by the campus ministries and congregations of
Campus Chapel, Ann Arbor Christian Reformed,
First Presbyterian, Lord of Light Lutheran,
Northside Presbyterian and University Reformed churches.
gre at scores...
Law School usiness School
a eSchoDenta School
Graduate Schoo Medical School

Alliance for the Mentally ll of
Washtenaw County, 994-6611, St.
Clare's Episcopal Chruch, 2309
Packard, 7:30 p.m.
J Burning Bush Campus Ministry,
930-0621, Michigan Union,,
Watts Room, 1st Floor, 7-8:15
J Ninjtsu Club, beginners welcome,
332-8912, Intramural Sports
Building, Room G-21, 7:30-9 p.m.
J Shorin-Ryu Karate-Do Club, men
and women, beginners welcome,
994-3620, CCRB, Room 2275,

Association, Haven Hall,
Eldersveld Room, fifth floor, 12-1
J "How to Find and Obtain Under-
graduate Research Opportuni-
ties," sponsored by American So-
ciety for Engineering Education,
GG Brown Building, lacocca Room,
4:30 p.m.
J "Internship and Summer Job
Search," sponsored by Career
Planning and Placement, Dana
Building, Room 1040,5:10-6 p.m.
J "Medical School Application Pro-
cess," sponsored by Career Plan-
nin ane Placement .3200 Stu-

Placement, Michigan Union, Pond
Rooms A,B,C, 7-8 p.m.
J Campus Information Centers,
Michigan Union and North Cam-
pus Commons, 763-INFO,
info@umich.edu, UMeEvents on
GOpherBLUE, and http://
www.umich.edu/-info on the
World Wide Web
J English Composition Board Peer
Tutoring, 741-8958, Mason Hall,
Room 444C, 7-11 p.m.
J Northwalk, Bursley, 763-5865,
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