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Cinton to
deliver foreign
policy address
President Clinton is scheduled to
deliver a foreign policy speech today in
Detroit's Fisher Theater.
Clinton will try to strengthen his
support with Midwestern voters with
ties to central European countries by
underscoring his commitment to grant-
ing NATO membership to former
Warsaw Pact nations.
'Clinton will propose expanding
NATO by 1999, officials said. "1999 is
p 50th anniversary of NATO.
fnteresting," said presidential
spokesperson Mike McCurry.
McCurry said Clinton would not say
which nations should be at the front of
the line for membership.
The address is part of Clinton's two-
aiy stop in Michigan. Yesterday, he
attended a ground-breaking ceremony
at the Detroit/Wayne County Metro
irport and addressed a large gathering
the Michigan Clergy United.
Dole's bus tours
through Michigan
Republican presidential nominee
Bob Dole will be touting Michigan vot-
ers again today.
The former Kansas senator is sched-
uled to continue his bus tour of the state.
s~terday he stopped in Detroit at the
Tepublican Governors' Association's
~conomic summit. He also stopped in
Chielsea, Marshall and Kalamazoo.
.Kyle Jen, a volunteer for the Michigan
Dole/Kemp campaign, said Dole will
stop in Frankenmuth at 9 a.m. and pro-
eed to Grand Blanc to talk to students at
-raind Blanc High School at 10:10 a.m.
Jen said Dole will finish his tour
with a stop in Troy at Firefighters' Park.
Browne speaks
at Economic Club
The Libertarian Party did not let
President Clinton and Republican presi-
,4ential nominee Bob Dole have all the
polifical attention in Michigan yesterday.
-Their own presidential candidate spoke
4fore the Economic Club of Detroit.
The Libertarian presidential candi-
date, Harry Browne, addressed the club
yesterday, discussing his party's plat-
form of personal freedom.
The opportunity to address the group
is a clear sign of growing respectability.
"We're not going to win this time,
we're realistic, said Suzanne Gruden,
an eight-year party member from
Royal Oak. "It takes time. But being a
' ertarian is not about being a mem-
'r of a party. It's about taking care of
yourself and not looking for a govern-
ment handout"
Despite years of dwelling in obscuri-
ty, they have high hopes for Michigan
in, next month's election.
"Michigan is a rising star in the
.Libertarian movement today, one of the
fastest-growing, most professional
state parties," said Bill Winter, national

director of communications for the
bertarian Party.
AATA to offer free
rides to voters
The Ann Arbor Transportation
Authority will offer local voters free
transportation to polling cites on Nov. 5.
AATA will be offering free rides on
4 fixed transit system routes on
ction Day.
The effort is part of AATA's involve-
ment in the "Get Out the Vote" cam-
paign, a non-partisan voter turn-out ini-
tiative sponsored by the League of
Women voters.
-Compiled by Daily Staff Reporter
Jennifer Harvey. The Associated Press
contributed to this report.

LOCAL/STATE

The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, October 22, 1996 - 3

Cuban artist shares roots with students

® Director brings film on
Cuban and African
traditions to 'U'
By Alice Robinson
Daily Staff Reporter
A Cuban accent seeping through her
soft voice, filmmaker Gloria Rolando
discussed the impact of African tradi-
tions on her nation's culture --next to a
Periodic Table of the Elements chart
that spanned half the wall.
About 50 people gathered in a small
lecture room in the Chemistry Building
last night to see Rolando's film,
"Oggun: The Eternal Present." The 50-
minute documentary explores the
Santeria religion, descending from the
Yoruba people of Western Africa, and
its influence on current-day Cuba.
Oggun is the Yoruba's god of metals,
iron and warfare.
Gloria Rolando "brings us much
closer to the Cuban people;" said Lester
Monts, vice provost for academic and
multicultural affairs at the University.
"(Her work) allows us to move away
from a lot of the political rhetoric we

hear about Cuba today," he said.
Monts' office helped bring Rolando
to Ann Arbor, along with help from the
Black Student Union, the Caribbean
People's Association, the Center for
Afroamerican and African Studies and
the Cuban American Students
Association.
The film, a documentary using re-
creations to bring mythical Yoruba gods
(called Orisha) to life, was based on
interviews Rolando conducted with 68-
year-old Lazaro Ros, a well-known
singer in Cuba and a believer in Oggun.
The clips of interviews with Ros are
contrasted with beautiful nature
scenes in which ancient gods such as
Oshun, the goddess of love, run freely.
The 1991 video also includes rural
villagers dancing and singing during
parties to celebrate the Yoruba reli-
gion.
"This is the type of thing that mar-
ries well with the mission and focus
of the center," said Sharon Patton,
director of CAAS, who attended the
event. "We are also interested ... in
looking at evidence of African cul-
ture in the Americas and the

Carribean." she said.
Although the audience was mostly
adults, students also enjoyed the experi-
ence.
"I liked it very much. It was an inter-
esting presentation using artistrY and
fact to give you a unique image of the
African-Caribbean religion," said
Melynda Price. a second-year Rackham
student.
After the movie, Rolando answered
most of the audience's questions in
Spanish. Cuban American Student
Association President Jessica
Hernandez translated the artist's words
for the audience.
Rolando has served as screenwriter,
narrator, director or producer for more
than 40 films. Her organization, Images
of the Caribbean, is composed of televi-
sion and film artists from Cuba who
promote their own heritage through cin-
ema and video. They are currently seek-
ing additional funds to purchase items
such as a professional lighting kit and
video monitor.
Rolando spoke as part of the
King/Chavez/Parks Visiting Professor
Program.

JULLY PARK/Daty
Gloria Rolando, a Cuban filmmaker, visited campus last night to discuss the
impact of African traditions on her nation's culture.

PARTY
Continued from Page 1
ty members on the street, they went to
the fraternity house and shut down the
party.
"(ive female UniVersity students
and Alpha Phi members) were among
the many minors that were allowed to
consume alcohol at the party," police
reports say. "Beer and liquor were dis-
tributed on a self-serve basis. No age
limit was enforced, no IDs were
checked."
Panhellenic Social Chair Julie
Keating, who heads the Social
Responsibility Committee executive
board of the Greek system, said any
fraternity or sorority that has an
open source of alcohol is given
demerit points and placed on proba-
tion.
SRC, which is a self-governing body,
supervises and issues points to chapters
for any infractions against the Greek
system's alcohol policy.
"(SRC) monitors every party regis-
tered with (the Office of) Greek Life."
said Keating, an LSA junior. "Basically,
10 points will put a fraternity or sorori-
ty on probation for a specified amount
of time.
"A keg or common source of alcohol
would automatically warrant 10
points," Keating said. If Theta Chi i$
found guilty of providing an open
source of alcohol, the house may face
an indefinite probation.
Interfraternity Council President
Larry Powell said IFC and Panhel
plan to investigate the incident this
week.
"It's a very short timeline," said
Powell, an Engineering senior. "SRC
executive (board members) will
meet and give an appropriate pun-
ishment based on the severity of the
problem.
"Obviously, someone's health
was in jeopardy, so it's a serious
issue," he said.
Fraternity Coordinator Terry Landes,
who works for the Office of Greek Life,
said he was in contact with Stewart and

the international headquarters of Theta
Chi fraternity yesterday. Landes said
Alpha Phi is also under investigation in
the incident.
Amy Henry, president of Alpha.Phi,
could not be reached for comment last
night.
"It is not an acceptable practice to
serve alcohol at any (Greek) functions,
especially to minors." Landes said.
"The only fact that we do know for sure
is that the young woman ended up in
the hospital. We start from that point
and work backwards."
Landes said the incident is not part
of a trend of increased alcohol use in
the Greek system, but may indicate
that students are more willing to
assign responsibility for improper
behavior.
'in the last three years a lot oflpeople
have assumed that the Greek system
was getting worse.' Landes said.
"When in actuality, the trend is that
people in the Greek community are
holding people accountable for their
actions.
Dave Westol, executive director of
Theta Chi International
I leadquarters, said lie is aware of the
incident and has asked the University
chapter to file a standard written
report about the incident by the end of
next week.
"If we feel there's been a violation64'
all risk management policies, then "e
make a recommendation as to the pro-
bation or other sanctions to propose,"
Westol said.
Keating said SRC does not issuF
additional points if a chapter serms
alcohol to minors because the chapte
has already violated the Greek systen47
alcohol policy.
Powell said minors are discouraged
from drinking alcohol at fraternity par
ties and that SRC members monitort.d
parties each weekend to enforce te
rules. 11
"Two or three SRC members goat)
social functions each week, and they
check the parties for safety manae-.
ment, which include alcohol viola-
tions," Powell said.

JULLY PARK/Daily
U.S. District Judge Avern Cohn spoke last night on the importance of academic freedom. Last night's lecture was part of a
continuing series commemorating three University faculty members who had been suspended from the University in 1954.
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By Heather Kamins
Daily Staff Reporter
Academic freedom, the liberty to
provide and pursue necessary learning
and knowledge without obtrusion, has
been a significant issue of debate
throughout the University's history.
Avern Cohn, a U.S. district judge,
spoke last night in the sixth annual
Davis, Makert, Nickerson Lecture on
Academic and Intellectual Freedom.
His speech, titled "Academic Freedom:
A Trial Judge's View," focused on the
history of the University in court,
involving cases questioning academic
freedom.
"You always have to have a reminder
of how bad things were in the past"
Cohn said. "Because if you forget the
past, you are destined to repeat it."
He said that today academic freedonm
is not nearly as threatened as it was in
the McCarthy era, but said there is

always potential for danger.
"There is the potential from outside
the University," Cohn said. "The danger
is not from the inside. It's coming from
the outside, from the public, taxpayers,
legislators who exploit."
Cohn spoke about his role in the case
of Doe vs. the University, involving an
early version of the student code of con-
duct, in which the University lost. He
said the University did not understand
the "First Amendment implications of
the code."
Cohn described the situation as a
"political problem," stating that "the
regents believed that what was good
social policy was good law. They did
not realize that what is bad social poli-
cy is bad law," Cohn said.
An outspoken defender of civil liber-
ties, Cohn also played a decisive role
two years ago in dismissing the govern-
ment's case against then-LSA sopho-

more Jake Baker on federal Internet
charges.
Last night's lecture was part of a con-
tinuing series commemorating three
University faculty members - Chandler
Davis, Clement Markert, and Mark
Nickerson who cited their
Constitutional rights in refusing to
answer questions about their political
associations before a Congressional
Committee on "Un-American
Activities" in, 1954. Because of these
actions, the three professors were sus-
pended from the University. After sub-
sequent hearings, Markert was reinstat-
ed, but Davis and Nickerson, who held
tenure, were dismissed.
The Senate Assembly established the
lecture seies in 1990 as a gesture of
reconciliation.
Cohn was chosen as this year's
speaker because of his unique perspec-
tive as a district judge, and because of
his hands-on experience with matters of
academic freedom.

Ihe Departr'ent of Philosophy
The University of Michigan
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