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Weather
Tonight: Mostly cloudy, low
around 400.
Tomorrow: Good chance of
rain, high around 52*.

One hundred six years of ediori zfreedom

Monday
November 4, 1996

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Mini Pow Wow draws 100

By Ann Stewart
Daily Staff Reporter
Celebrating the richness and color of
their traditions, the Native American
community of the University and the
state of Michigan participated in the
Srs~t ever Mini Pow Wow yesterday on
ppus. .
Participants both in and out of native
dress joined in intertribal dancing at the
Mini Pow Wow. Among the different
dances were a mourning dance for lost
loved ones of friends and one in honor
of-the elders; another honored military
veterans.
The Pow Wow was small in scale in
comparison to events like the Ann
bor Pow Wow, though more than 100
icipants of all ages and ethnicities
came to dance, socialize or just watch.
Jodi Cook, co-chair of the Native
American Student Association, said she
was pleased with the turnout.
"That's a good showing for what the
month is going to be like," Cook said.
NASA and the Office of Multi-
Ethnic Student Affairs sponsored the
event, which kicked off Native

American Heritage Month.

Attendees said they liked the atmos-
phere of the smaller Pow Wow.
"It's more intimate," said RC sopho-
more Asha Petoskey. "It's like a family
gathering ."
Participants said the Mini Pow Wow
was a good
opportunity to
socialize and, i
for some, to Its ii
learn aboutfl g
aspects of' famiyg
Native culture.
"(People are)
able to meet
people at a one-
to-one level," said retired Art instructor
Richard Perez. "They get to know what
each dance's meaning is and get to
know the meaning of the Pow Wow."
Some non-Native American students
said the Pow Wow made them admire
Native American culture.
"These people really have a commu-
nity," said Engineering first-year stu-
dent Sarah Hoehne. "It's so comforting
just to be in here."

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The Mini Pow Wow featured three
native singing and drum groups from
around Michigan. The Rabbit River,
Tree Town and Blue Lake singers pro-
vided traditional music from the center
of the Michigan Union Ballroom as par-
ticipants danced around them in a circle.
Ben Gasco,
one of the Blue
Lake singers,
f said singing and
. y drumming was
" Epassed down to
sha Petoskey him in his family
and he enjoyed
C sophomore performing at the
University.
"We like what we do," Gasco said.
"We have fun singing anywhere."
Children were a common sight at the
Pow Wow and many of the singers and
dancers were under college age. The
head dancers Derek Johnson, a high
school sophomore, and Jackie Klein. an
eighth grader, said they were honored to
be dancing.
NASA co-chair Pam Bowser said she
See POW WOW, Page 2A

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George Martin carries the Eagle Staff in a procession during the Mini Pow Wow in the Michigan Union Ballroom yesterday.

VDayof
the Dead'
celebrates
,temones
Music, discussions
aimed at remembering
loved ones
By Alice Robinson
Daily Staff Reporter
As Danny Villarreal spoke, several
students wiped away tears.
Villarreal, an LSA sophomore, lit
Ondles in the Michigan Union's Art
Lounge on Saturday night for six peo-
ple who had passed away in his life-
time: his Uncle Javier, his high school
football coach, the three Porras broth-
ers - high school friends killed in a
car accident - and slain rapper Tupac
Shakur.
Although the Dia de los Muertos -
Day of the Dead -- celebration was not
ended to be so mournful, many stu-
ents lighting candles for deceased
loved ones could not help becoming a
little emotional.
"We weren't supposed to get so seri-
ous ... because this is a time of cele-
bration," said Irene Vasquez, co-owner
and founder of Magical Rain
Theaterworks in Kalamazoo, Mich.
Vasquez, the daughter of migrant farm
workers, shared her thoughts about
Mexican culture at the beginning and
d of the ceremony.
About 70 people gathered in the
brightly decorated lounge to take part
in the program, a celebration of the
Mexican tradition known as "Day of
the Dead," which falls shortly after
Halloween. The students - and some
parents and younger siblings - shared
laughter, smiles and tears through poet-
ry, music, essays and discussions aimed
nt remembering loved ones and cele-
*1ting the spiritual holiday, whose
trademarks are small sugar skulls and
iridescent candles. About 25 members
of the student group La Voz Mexicana
arranged the night of remembrance.
The Day of the Dead is an ancient
and festive occasion set aside to honor
the deceased sometimes with offerings
at grave sites. It is still celebrated to dif-
ferent extents in various regions of
Mexico and the United States.
"This event is very key in nurturing
our culture ... it's a way to spiritually
remember our loved ones," said LSA
senior Roberto Rodriguez, president of
La Voz Mexicana. "We see this as a
time ... to invite other people to
remember those who have gone on
before us."
A large altar was set up at the front of
the room, where Mexican artifacts, yel-
low paper flowers, religious candles
*d photos of lost relatives - even a
photo of a dog -- were displayed over
an Aztec calendar blanket. The altar
was mainly dedicated to children who
have died due to violence and other
causes.
During the first half of the program,

h.~ .ich* OlS
y r E a !n g l ha t

By Laurie Mayk
Daily Staff Reporter
Michigan and Michigan State fans
weren't the only rivals in Ann Arbor on
Saturday.
Candidates for U.S. Senate, Ilouse
and University Board of Regents cam-
paigned a few yards away from each
other as a crowd of 106.381 flooded
Michigan Stadium.
"It's the place to be - the Michigan-
Michigan State game. Ann Arbor.
There's just no other place in Michigan
to be today." said U.S. Sen. Carl Levin
(D-Mich.).
Levin's opponent,
GOP nominee
Ronna R omnev
hosted a tailgato
party just a few
rows away from the
Democratic tent at
the Victors parkin
lot on West Stadium
Boulevard. Romney
was joined by mem-
bers of the K
University's chapter
of the ('ollege
Republicans.
Romney. who
arrived in a van she
called "the longest-
running pinochle
game in history. Senate candidate1
said the big game snek t Saturda

MARGARET MYERS /Dark
U.S. Rep. Lynn Rivers (D-Ann Arbor) and Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.) talk to fans outside of Michigan Stadium before the
Michigan-Michigan State game Saturday. Republican challengers Joe Fitzsimmons and Ronna Romney also spoke with fans.
Hunting, casino issues up for vote

Rep. Iynn Rivers (D-Ann Arbor), a
t nix ersity alum. remembered the
itiportance of the game to students and
alums.
"vervhod\ who is am bodv is at this
game." she said. -'This is my school,
this is a big game.
Rivers said the crowd was positive
and receptixe to the Democrats' last-
minute campaigninC as fans and candi-
dates braved the cold.
"I had people grabbing stickers right
out of my hands." Rivers said.
Mike Bishop, a Republican candi-
date for University
retent and a
mniversity alum,
said he found the
football fans wel-
coming to pohit-
iJais as long as the
coin ersaiion stayed
Yi~upheat
As long as you
talk positive about
your school, people
are positive too.
Bishop said.
Whether loyal to
Ann Arbor or East
Lansing. football
didn't distract the
candidates from the
MARGARET MYERSD task at hand.
nna Romney "it's a good way
sfootball game. to meet people -
remind them io
vote:' said Ruchi Mishra, an L.SA first;-
year student who works on state
Democratic campaigns.
In what is considered a tight race iim
the polls, Rivers and challenger Joe
Fitzsimmons have been concentrating
heavily on the student vote in Ann Arbor.
"This is the way it's going to look
when people go to the pollsoi
Tuesday." Rivers said, watching the
crowd stream past her.
Stu~Har~vcontiled to t{hisre/

'lhe AssoMIted Press
Election Day will help to answer
questions about the future of Detroit's
revitalization, but could create even
more questions about the future of bear
hunting in the state.
With three hotly contested ballot pro-
posals set to be decided tomorrow.
Michigan voters will go to the ballot
box on casino gambling and the usage
of bait and dogs for bear hunting.
Proposal E would allow casino gam-
bling in large cities in the state, pending
approval by voters in that city. The pro-
posal is designed for Detroit, in which
voters have already approved the casi-
nos.
Proposal D, put on the ballot by a
petition drive of animal-rights activists,

would ban the use of bait and hunting
dogs when hunting black bears in
Michigan.
Proposal G, put on the ballot by the
state Legislature, is a countermeasure
that would leave all hunting regulations
to the governor-appointed Natural
Resources Commission to decide.
On the surface. Proposals [) and G
appear to conflict. And the Michigan
Constitution says that when conflicting
ballot proposals pass, the one w ith the
most "yes" votes takes effect.
But the two sides debate whether the
two proposals actually conflict.
"I don't see any constitutional con-
flict" between the two proposals, said
Tony Holmes, campaign director for
CUB, or Citizens United for Bears.

"I'm almost certain this issue would be
decided by the courts..'
Rick Jameson. executive director of'
the Michigan United Conservation
Clubs, disagreed.
"I'hev know darn well they're com-
peting," said Jameson, whose group
backs Proposal G. "'lhev can waste
money on a lawsuit, but the courts will
have an easy timne." Ile said backers of
Proposal G\ would consider a court
challenge it both pass.
Jameson is backed by Department of
Natural Resources spokesperson Tim
Roby. "It's our opinion they are com-
peting." he said.
It may be a moot point. A new poll by.
EPIC MRA of Lansing showed only 37
See BALLOT, Page 2A

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was part of the "fun"
of the final days before the election.
"The last couple days are fun. You
can't raise any more money. you can't
do anything except rally the people vho
were sipportiIg you throughout your
campaign - it's a get-out-the-rote type
of thing." Romney said.
MSU alum Romney said she couldn't
hide her green and white loyalty when
the Spartans battled the Wolverines.
"I literally root for Michigan all year
round ... but on this particular day I
stuck up for my alma mater," she said.

C,..arville rallies at 'U'
If Vers, Dems.

By Laurie Mayk
Daily Staff Reporter
Local Democratic troops got a pep talk
Friday from the man who led Bill Clinton's
troops to victory in 1992.
Political strategist James Carville made a
brief visit to the Michigan Union four days
before tomorrow's election to boost Rep.
Lynn Rivers' campaign and rally supporters
to get out the vote.
"She is as big a giant as Washington has
produced these two years," Carville said
about the candidate next to him, who stands

Carville made a philosophical plea for
Democratic support and volunteers, stress-
ing that something "deeper and more funda-
mental" than even student loans or abortion
rights is at stake if the Republicans maintain
control in Congress.
After the ideological arguments, however.
Carville laid out a battle plan for Rivers'
team. He encouraged volunteers to descend
on shopping malls, especially in swing areas
of the district, and target young women to
vote Democratic.
Turnout is going to matter" he said.

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