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One hundred sic years of editon lfreedorn

Wednesday
October 9, 1996

ZMEWE

VISA votes
o condemn
nti-gay,
ate slurs
y ill Weissert
aily StatReporter
After Sunday night's chalking and
hanging of another group's chalked
nessages, College Republicans were
eady to bury the hatchet - but mem-
'ers of the Queer Unity Project did not
vant the issue to go away so quietly.
The Michigan Student Assembly,
vhile not addressing Sunday's chalking
1-+ite specifically, took steps to make
ure events like it do not happen again
n campus.
The assembly passed a resolution
ondemning groups that spread anti-gay
nessages on campus. The resolution
oes on to say that MSA will represent
ictims, charging student groups who
epeatedly participate in such actions
>efore the Central Student Judiciary.
CSJ, a judiciary body independent of
SA, is authorized to take a variety of
Oisiplinary actions against student
roups including levying fines or even
e-recognizing a campus student group.
Ryan LaLonde, Queer Unity Project
nember and chair of MSA's
-esbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgendered
ask force, said the resoluion did not
ake a strong enough stance against
iate messages.
"I am not satisfied - but this is as
nuch as I could do from an MSA per-
pective," said LaLonde, who drafted
he resolution.
LaLonde said that while QUP was
)ut chalking in support of National
~oming-Out Week on Sunday, mem-
yers of the College Republicans
hanged numerous messages to anti-
ray statements.
Before the vote, College Republican
resident Nicholas Kirk condemned the
ctions of a few members of his group.
"'[he 57 members who went out and
halked Dole/Kemp messages do not
gree with the three members who
lefaced (QUP) chalkings," he said. "I
-ealize what these people did was not
nature - it was not representative of
he University of Michigan."
Kirk said the College Republicans
vere "ready to bury the hatchet" on the
ssue.
LaLonde said Kirk's description of
day's event was only partially cor-
ft.
"There were six of them chalking our
nessage and condemning it - when we
isked them to stop altering our chalked
nessages, Kirk said, 'It's our right to
ree speech,' and walked away'"
aLonde said. "He then referred to
nembers of our group as 'those people.'
"I've never felt invisible on this cam-
>us until that night - their comments
e me feel invisible," LaLonde said.
' oth LaLonde and Kirk said that
when the two groups saw each other dur-
See MSA, Page 2

President may be icked by

Nov.

0 List of finalists planned to be
released next week
By Jodi S. Cohen
Daily Staff Reporter
The name of the next University president will
most likely be announced as early as
Thanksgiving, the search committee said yester-
day.
The Board of Regents, meeting as the
Presidential Search Committee, will begin inter-
viewing finalists next Thursday.
According to provisions for the final stage of the
presidential search, the five candidates the
Presidential Search Advisory Committee recom-
mends will be released Monday. The board will then
meet in secret and in public during the next two days
before releasing its list of finalists on Wednesday.
The 12-member advisory committee - consist-
ing of seven faculty members, two students, two
staff members and one alum - has been working

since March to interview candidates and narrow a
list of 300 nominees down to five. The list of 300,
which includes people who were nominated and
who applied, will also be made public on Monday.
Law School Dean Jeffrey Lehman, chair of
PSAC, also plans to present select materials that
have been collected about the top five recommen-
dations on Monday.
Regents will get the names on Sunday, a day
before the list is made public. "They have a little
time to see who these people are before it's pre-
sented to them," said Vice President for University
Relations Walter Harrison.
Regent Nellie Varner (D-Detroit), co-chair of
the Presidential Search Committee, said the final
stage of the search will move quickly. Beginning
Monday, the committee will meet daily for at least
a week.
"We would like to conclude it before
Thanksgiving," said Varner, whose term ends in
January. "We will not rush to a decision more

quickly than necessary, but we would like to make
it as quick as possible."
Varner said that even with a swift process, the
12th president will probably not take office until
after Winter term.
"I would be surprised if a new president starts
by January," Varner said. "They may be available
come summer - June, July"
After the board gets the advisory committee's
list, they will spend Monday afternoon and
Tuesday in closed meetings to review the appli-
cants' materials, including confidential informa-
tion such as recommendations.
"This is an opportunity for the regents to do
their homework," Harrison said. Lehman, along
with search consultant Malcolm MacKay of
Russell Reynolds Associates Inc., will attend the
sessions to answer regents' questions.
Joan Lowenstein, an Ann Arbor media law attor-
ney, said the closed meetings on Monday and
See SEARCH, Page 2

Search ScheduleiThe
Monday morning, Oct. 14: The
Presidential Search Committee
will meet openly at 9 a.m. when
the Presidential Search
Advisory Committee presents
five recommended presidential f a
candidates, along with a list of
about 300 people it considered.I IV eU I
Monday afternoon: Regents will individually
review the contents of all applicants' and nom-
nees' materials, as well as confidential materi-
als collected by the PSAC.
Tuesday, Oct. 15: The PSC will meet in a
closed meeting to review applications.
Wednesday, Oct. 16: The PSC will meet to cort
sider and adopt a list of finalists in an open
meeting.

50 students to join
natinalLatino/a rally

March on Washington, DC.
planned for Saturday
By Alice Robinson
Daily Staff Reporter
Almost 50 University students will be up earli-
er than usual Saturday morning.
And if everything goes as planned, more than
99,000 others vill join them.
The students plan to meet at 8 a.m. Saturday in
Washington, D.C.'s Malcolm X Park to criss-cross
the nation's capital in support of Latino/a civil
rights.
The Latino/a and Immigrants' Rights March,
which has been in the planning for three years, will
take place for the first time on Dia de La Raza, a
national day designated to promote Latino her-
itage while the rest of the nation celebrates
Columbus Day.
"I think that the march is important to the Latino
community nationwide," said Nora Salas, co-chair
of public opinion for Alianza, the Latino/a student
alliance. "It gives us a good start to the year."
RC senior Dana McAllister, a member of the
Michigan Student Assembly's Latino Task Force,
who helped organize the fund-raising drive, said
many events have occurred in the past few months
that demonstrate an anti-Latino sentiment.
"There's a lot of police brutality right now," she
said. McAllister cited the undocumented
Mexicans who were attacked by police last year in
Riverside, Calif., as an example.
California's Proposition 187 and other anti-
immigrant legislation was part of the impetus for
the march, the organizers said in a statement.
Students said that events in the news have upset
them. "A lot of stuff has been going on lately (that)
is starting to greatly anger me," said LSA sopho-
more Aracely Somoza, who last week worked on a
bucket drive fund raiser for the Washington trip.
Volunteers spent a great deal of time and energy
raising much-needed funds for transportation,

food, and lodging. "I would say my heart is defi-
nitely into this for me to stand out and freeze for
two hours," Somoza said.
Volunteer Jorge Lozano, an LSA junior, devised
his own method to slow down busy students on the
Diag. "I'm wearing a couple of flashy colors to get
the people in the mood of donating," he said.
Lozano wore a 'aright red Mexican poncho and
waved around maracas to get students' attention.
The organization Marcha '96 is sponsoring
University students. Leaders from different
Latino/a groups on campus, including the Cuban
American Students Association, La Voz Mexicana
and Alianza united to coordinate fund-raising
efforts and plan the bus trip to the East coast.
Coordinadora '96 - an umbrella organization
consisting of labor unions, student organizations
and community-based groups around the country
- is organizing the march on the national level.
Coordinadora is loosely translated as
'Coordinating Committee,' said Juan Jose
Gutierrez, one of the event's national coordinators.
Main demands that constitute Coordinadora's
platform include constitutional rights for all, equal
opportunities and affirmitive action, free public
education up to the University level, a $7-per-hour
minimum wage, and an extension of the date of
eligibility for amnesty for those who have entered
the United States prior to Jan. 1, 1992.
Gutierrez said college students are integral to
the success of the march. "We think that students
have always been on the front lines of social and
political struggles in this country," he said.
Five to 10 percent of Saturday's participants are
expected to be college students.
We are "coming to Washington, D.C. as human
beings ready to assume our role ... so that we may
be in a much better position as we enter the third
millenium."
Although the march is being touted as a way to
promote Latino/a civil rights, organizers hope that
people of all ethnicities will want to attend. "It's for
anyone that wants to participate," McAllister said.

WARREN ZINN/Dady
Burning for Burma
Lauren Angel attends a candlelight vigil sponsored by Amnesty International and the Free Burma
Coalition on the Diag. Those gathered read poetry and discussed human rights in Burma.

New coordinator
es over AATU

~ '

By Bram Elias
For The Daily
The chief tenant of the Ann Arbor
Tenants Union has just moved out.
Saying she feels "at once free and
bereft," Pattrice Maurer, coordinator of
AATU, stepped down from her post last
week after four years serving as the
orgjnization's chief officer.
apped to succeed Maurer is Larry
Fox, the director of the Housing Law
Reform program at the University's
Department of Student Legal Services.
Fox said he is enthusiastic about the
role AATU plays in Ann Arbor.
"Because of the AATU, tenants are
treated better by their landlords," Fox
said.
"Tenants still may not feel like they
treated well - and we still have
r" to do - but things would be
worse off without the tenant's union."
AATU, a student organization that
assists local tenants in struggles with
landlords, is available to students at no
charge.

students," Fox said. "The numbers keep
growing every year.
The changing of the guard at AATU
hasn't changed the organization's rela-
tionship with the Michigan Student
Assembly.
"We're pretty comfortable with the
new director (of AATU)," said MSA
President Fiona Rose. "It's pretty much
a no-brainer. We've stuck with the
AATU, and we're going to stick with
the AATU."
Fox said he has "had no problems
with the MSA and does not expect to
have any."
But MSA support was not always a
given.
Maurer's departure from the program
ends an era during which AATU sur-
vived reduced support.
In 1993, responding to charges of fis-
cal irresponsibilty, MSA members
began searching for areas from which to
trim its budget. AATU received about
$2,000 annually from MSA - but
served nearly as many Ann Arbor resi-
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Student
sexually
assaulted in
S,, Quad
By Anupama Reddy
Daily Staff Reporter
A female University student was sex-
ually assaulted in her South Quad dorm
room Sunday evening, the second sexual
assault reported to the Department of
Public Safety over the past weekend. The
assailants also stole personal property.
Two men matching the perpetrators'
descriptions were found Monday after-
noon by DPS officers on South Quad's
fourth floor and were questioned about
the incident.
One man, 24, was arrested for "pos-
session of an illegal knife," and the
other man, 21, was released pending
further investigation, according to DPS
reports. Neither suspect is affiliated
with the University.
"Police are investigating a criminal
sexual conduct incident that occurred
Sunday at South Quad at approximate-
lv 8:20 n.m.." said DPS spokesperson

WARREN ZINN/Daily
Larry Fox, director of the Housing Law Reform program at the University's Department of Student Legal Services, is taking
over Pattrice Maurer's job as coordinator of AATU.

Some students don't remeber the sit-
uation as being so simple.
-Tl A AT r nse -, ant f -n.4ctif

multiracial campus groups," Maurer
asserted.
,,Wa,-'i- ln onAst aoinct tenant

two reasons for leaving.
"The accumulated stress of the situ-
ation hal hcome incomnatible with my

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