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January 16, 1996

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First lady
to appear
at Borders
By Heather Miller
D~aily StaffReporter
Supporters are excited and honored
that Hillary Rodham Clinton will be
visiting Ann Arbor tomorrowas part of
her book tour.
"It's always an
honor to have the
:rst lady come to
t Arbor," said
;ngneering senior
Dave Donoghue, T
chair ofthe College
definitely excited
about her new
Clinton is sched-
uledto visit Borders Clinton
between noon and
2 .m. as the first stop on her 11-city
onalbook tur
Her book, "it Takes a Village: And
Other Lessons Children Teach Us," is
a collection of anecdotes, experiences
and phrases, about raising children,
based on raising her daughter Chelsea
and her work involving women and
"There is nobody more entitled (to
write this book)," said Janine Easter,
rdinator of the Ann Arbor chapter
e Hillary Rodham Clinton Fan Club.
Easter said Clinton has "incredible
background" on children's issues.
"I would trust her judgment," Easter
Barbara Bach, a member of the fan
club, echoed Easter.
"(Clinton's) an inspiration for a work-
ing woman who wants to make a differ-
ence in a community," she said. "I think
its absolutely incredible that a first
has written a book while in office."
The bookwas released nationallyJan.
10. Autographed copies of the book
will be available for purchase at Bor-
ders tomorrow for 10 percent off the list
price of $20.
Clinton will not be reading from her
book or signing the book in the store.
The books will be , signed AWth 'r
tamped signature. However, Clinton
Ol be available at the bookstore to
ak with her fans.
"She 'snot out here to sell abook. She's
here to greet her fans," Easter said.
Easter invited Clinton to come to
Ann Arbor for a book signing during a
White House reception for fan club
coordinators last September. "I am par-
ticularly proud of the role our club
provided in getting her here in Ann
Arbor for her first stop," Easter said in
See CUNTON, Page 2A
rebels killed
as Russians
storm village

- Risking the lives of more than 100
hostages in an effort to wipe out their
Chechen rebel captors, the Russian
military hurled rockets and shells atthis
tiny village, then stormed in for fierce
house-to-house fighting.
Nine hostages were freed, but the
Ie of the rest was unknown as night
Tll. Dozens of rebels were killed and
two Russian soldiers died.
Military planes dropped flares, illu-
minating the charred houses of
Pervomayskaya so soldiers could hunt
for the rebels and their captives.
The rebels, estimated to number be-
tween 150 and 250, put up fierce resis-
tance with small arms and rocket-pro-
pelled grenades, and managed to knock
t several Russian armored personnel
Gen. Mikhail Barsukov, who was in
charge of the Russian operation, said
the attack was launched because rebels
had started killing hostages Sunday.
The rebels denied the charge.
"We want the terrorists punished and

« The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort
and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy'
-Martin Luther King Jr., 1963
'At midnig of King s drea

Panel: tU
must teach
students to
discuss race
By Kate Giickman
and Scot Woods
Daily Staff Reporters
Near the end of yesterday's sympo-
sium on civil rights and social justice -
a day of more than 60 events - when
most folks had gone home to contem-
plate the day's lectures and perfor-
mances, The MichiganDaily brought
together a panel to reflect on the pur-
pose of the day itself.
What followed was a wide-ranging
discussion in which the Daily asked
four panelists how the University's
Martin Luther King Jr. Day Sympo-
sium helped fulfill King's dream of an
equal and peaceful society.
The panelists were encouraged to
speak freely and react to each other on
comments ranging from student expe-
riences with race relations on campus
to how to bring about social change.
On the panel were LSA seniors Flint
Wainess and Andre Hewitt, Prof. Hanes
Walton and John Matlock.
Wainess, president of the Michigan
Student Assembly, praised the sympo-
sium as one of the best commemora-
tions of King in the nation, but said it
was limited as "essentially a day to
preach to the already converted."
Matlock, director of the Office of
Academic and Multicultural Initiatives,
stressed the need to carry the dialogue
generated on King's birthday to the
other 364 days of the year.
He observed that students have aca-
demic and financial concerns that they
must weigh against their thirst for so-
cial justice.
"How do you be successful but at the
same time have a commitment to
change?" Matlock asked.
Each of the panelists agreed that a
forum where students and faculty of
different races could come together and
talk was crucial for improving commu-
nications on campus.
The panelists spoke of the stereotyp-
ing and fear that surrounds race issues
and hinders open-and honest communi-
"We need to work in terms of stu-
dents of color relating to other students.
And it's not even that we know what
that work is," Wainess said.
Hewitt agreed and said that observ-

Elders brings

Kings message
to Hillaudience
By Kate Glickman
Daily Staff Reporter
Despite the character attacks and political criticism that
have followed Dr. Joycelyn Elders from the surgeon general's
post to the classroom, the audience at Hill Auditorium
welcomed the speaker with encouraging cheers and a stand-
ing ovation yesterday.
Delivering Martin Luther King Jr. Day's memorial lec-
ture, Elders praised the University for supporting King's
ideals, but warned that "many of us are still at the midnight
of King's dream."
Elders became the first black surgeon general in 1993 -
resigning one year later after criticism of her efforts to
distribute condoms, increase sex education and study the
legalization of drugs.
Almost 2,700 audience members greeted Elders' speech
with roars of applause, often interrupting her mid-sentence.
"She was really dynamic," said LSA juniorAyannaTriplett.
"I'm glad I got up early for this."
The topics she reviewed, however, and the statistics she
cited, were not so uplifting.
If King were to come back to life and look at our society
today, Elders said, he would shed tears at the condition of the
young and the poor in the country. Elders said the number of
children living in poverty has escalated
from one-seventh to one-fourth in the
past 20 years.
"We have a rhetoric of family values
replacing the institutions that support
families," Elders said.
Another issue Elders raised was a com-
parison of the number of black men
attending college to the number in prison.
Elders said 30 percent of black men
were in prison, while only 18 percent
were receiving an education. Elders
Students said the speech hit on many
of the issues central to blacks in theacountry.
"Elders' speech was the best one I've gone to. She didn't
spare any words - she spoke the truth, especially regarding
African American males," said LSA junior Jahna Berry.
Elders sarcastically said she had a "woiderful time" as ihe
surgeon general, but that she had wanted to "do the job and
nothing is worse than having somebody fill the space ofajob
if they're not gonna do it."
Elders said that doing thejob meant responding to the "five
[I club"-hungry, helpless, homeless, hugless and hopeless.
Each "H" showed the moral decline of the country and the
immediate problems facing today's youth.
But Elders said it was difficult to address these problems
in the "harsh" political climate of Washington.
"We have an awful lot of leaders who found out the polls
and which way the wind was blowing and then got out and
talked," Elders said.
Calling herself the "Condom Queen," Elders stood up to
recent criticism that her position on sex education is radical
and dangerous.
Elders took issue with some Washington leaders who have
said that teaching sex in school will promote promiscuous
activity. She said that kids already learn about sex and

LSA first-year student Charles Mack directs traffic on South University Avenue during the Unity March
yesterday. Classes were cancelled to allow for programming in honor of King.

ing the social dynamics in West Quad,
where he isa resident adviser, has helped
him reach out to students of different
"We have to find a way in which to
get discussions dealing with stressful
issues," Hewitt said.
He said many students do not know
how to discuss their differences, and
offered the residence hall as a site where
students could begin the discussion pro-
Wainess and Hewitt both found fault
with the University's Race and Ethnicity
Requirement, saying it did not neces-
sarily teach people to cross cultural
bridges. Wainess cited the example ofa
Jewish history class he took, comprised
mostly of Jewish students.
Matlock noted his agreement, say-
ing, "If you're committed to (address-
ing differences), you introduce it to all
your courses,"
A class that teaches students "how to
disagree in an agreeable manner" is
needed, Hewitt said,.
But this type of discussion is only
possible when students are interested in
See PANEL, Page 2A

The Panelists
The Michigan Daily hosted a roundtable last night to reflect on
the University's Martin Luther King Jr. Symposium's goals, limits
and effects. The four panelists were:
LSA senior Andre Hewitt, a West Quad resident adviser, speaker
of the Black Caucus and chair of the Black Volunteer Network;
* John Matlock, director of the Office of Academic and Multicul ural
lnitiative5. Matlock holds a masters and doctorate from the
University., served five years as an aide to U.S. Rep. John Conyers (D-
Detroit) and five years as an aide to U.S. Rep. Harold Ford (D-Tenn.);
LSA senior Flint Wainess, president of the Michigan Student
Assembly and former editorial page editor or the Michigan Daily:
Political science Prof. Hanes Walton, a scholar on the
American civil rights movement. Walton served as congressional
fellow of the American Political Science Association from 1983-
84 and attended Morehouse College in Atlanta, Ga., where he
participated in several sit-down protests.
Members of the sponsored by the Black
Graduate Employees Student Union. Page 5A.
Organization protest
campus events. Page 3A. Hanley Norment, pres-
dent of the Maryland
More than 200 NAACP, discussed the
students atterded an significance of the Million

MLK unity march Man Marc

ch. Page 8A' See ELDERS, Page 2A
'U buildings renamed
with signs of the times

Seale, a
founder of
the Black
Party for
signs books
after his
speech at

By Katie Wang
Daily Staff Reporter
Students who went to sleep in the
Mary Markley residence hall two nights
ago woke up yesterday morning to find
themselves in the Angela Davis resi-
dence hall. Getting a head start on their
studies, they headed to the Frederick
Douglass-Black Undergraduate Li-
brary. University President James J.
Duderstadt reported to the Malcolm X.
administration building early yester-
day morning for a meeting.
Hmmm ... something fishy is going
on around campus.
Freshly painted white signs bearing
the names of famous minority activists
covered the regular blue building signs
"I noticed this morning that the Mary
Markley sign was covered with the name
Angela Davis," said LSA first-year stu-
dent, Manny Munguia. "I think it's a
great idea - it gives the University a
chance to observe that this is a diverse

they would probably be removed by the
grounds crew.
"(The signs) are simply a matter of
free expression," he said. "They were
responsible because they did not cause
any damage to the signs."
Harrison also added that he was sure
the students responsible for the signs
would not be punished.
Students passing by the Michigan
Union, which was re-named the Dr. Mar-
tin Luther King Jr. Union, gave mixed
reactions to the sign, many of whom were
confused about the meaning of it.
"I have to question what relation
(King) has to our university," said Jes-
sica Robbins, an LSA first-year student.
Eric-an LSA junior who refused to
reveal his last name - expressed con-
cern about covering the original sign.
"I think it's defacing school property,"
he said. "I think they're trying to get
attention for the holiday the wrong way."
LSA senior Aaron Hurst also ques-
tioned the purpose of the signs.

Former Black Panther urges education

By Laurie Mayk
Daily Staff Reporter

Seale emphasized. Isolation and sepa-
ratism will not succeed in a society

the Panthers, Seale said. The research
paid off in confrontations with police, he


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