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s epe eiae
y ice Robinson
Yly Staff Reporter
Taking cues from her strong-wille
mother, Ada Deer did not sit quietly an
watch life pass her by.
"She passed her non-conformist ger
on to me" said Deer, the assistant secn
tary for the U.S. Department of th
Interior-Indian Affairs. "I'm now 6
years old and I'm still working on irn
tfother's agen-
Deer spoke
candidly last ,,, li
night to about .i
4100 people in
R a c k h a mo
Amphitheatre m oth
as part of
N a t i v e
*A m e r i c a n Assistant
H e r i t age U.S. DE
Month. The Inter
event was spon-
44red by the
Native American Programs Task Force
Highlighting her experiences as a lol
byist, social worker, congressional cai
didate and member of Presider
Clinton's Cabinet, Deer interjected ane<
dotes as if talking to an old friend.
The nonconformist in Deer is wh
sparked her to drop out of law school i
fihe early 1970s to lobby Congress i
defense of Native American rights.
The spirit of determination that ma
Peer's lobbying efforts successful tv
:'cades ago is still evident today.
Deer, who is part English-Scottis
axd part Menominee Indian, spoke c
bcing chosen as the first woman to lea
her tribe. "The men and the wome
* thought, 'Well we're not so sure abo
this because the tribe has always bee
run by men,"' she said.
But Deer responded to the criticis
with quick wit. "I said, 'Well, mayl
Continued from Page 1
itag that the University grant Nelsc
Mandela, the South African ant
'partheid activist, an honorary degree.
The students occupied the regent
seats in the meeting room and refused
move. So, the eight regents decided
continue their meeting in the Regent
Room of the Fleming Administratic
building. But they were not qui<
enough to beat the students, who h
raced to Fleming and blocked tl
entrances by chaining the doors closec
Determined to finish the meeting, ti
regents and Shapiro entered the unde
round tunnel through an undisclosi
building and crouched their way to d
Fleming Administration Building.
"It was sort of fun," said Thom

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wraps up

that's part of the problem."'
Deer said her job with the U.S. gov-
ernment has thrilled and discouraged
her. "In the past I've had the opportuni-
ty to represent our country at very high
levels' she said.
But Deer also noted that obstacles
still exist. "The reason it's frustrating,
among other things, is that we don't
have enough money," she said.

a still
on my
-Ada Deer
secretary for the
epartment of the
rior-Indian Affairs

Deer is cur-
rently the high-
est - ranking
Native American
in the federal
government. She
offered words of
to the many
young people
gathered in the
auditorium. "I
want to encour-
age each and
every one of you

Continued from Pagel1
In a written statement released yesterday, Lester Monts,
vice provost for academic and multicultural affairs, said he
was pleased with this year's figures.
"These numbers are a bright reflection on the effectiveness
of the Michigan Mandate and the University's commitment
to diversity" Monts said. "It is my hope that we continue to
attract and retain students rich in both their diversity and their
academic achievements."
Black student enrollment is at a record high for the sixth
year in a row, accounting for 8.9 percent of total enrollment,
up from 8.7 percent last year.
Asian American students make up the largest segment of
minority enrollment and represent the largest gain over last
year. They make up 11.3 percent of enrolled students, up
from 10.8 percent last year.
However, Latino/a and Native American student enroll-
ment fell slightly from last year. The number of Native
American students dropped from 245 to 226, and
Latino/a student enrollment fell one-tenth of a percent.
Students of color now make up 26.1 percent of undergrad-
uates and 23.7 percent of graduate and professional students
at the University.
In a written statement, interim President Homer Neal said
he hopes efforts to attract students of color will continue.
"We still face numerous challenges - in recruitment, nur-
turing, and in retention of students," Neal said. "We must
reaffirm and work to rearticulate the goals of the (Michigan)
Mandate and the means to achieving those goals in full com-
portment with the law, and in the face of public challenges
from various quarters."
Continued from Page 1
have to be looked at again," Boyer said. He said this
includes the idea of faculty who must learn how to work
with students who are possibly older than the instructor.
Boyer spoke about how university polices have changed
over time by using the example of student housing and
married couples in residence halls.
"We have to now look back at policies we made in good
faith but primarily with the basic assumption of what the
institution was about and how the institution set up tozserve
its population," Boyer said.
Boyer then shifted to the topic of multicultural relations in
"It is one of the saddest commentaries on American life
that affirmative action has been redefined as racial prefer-
ence" he said.
Boyer then introduced the ideas of requiring multicultural
classes at Kansas State for all degrees, along with how many
large businesses put employees through diversity courses.
"What I discovered is that for some corporate entities, this
diversity business was a serious matter;" Boyer said, talking
about his experiences in speaking at several of those courses.
"Why do we need these ideas (in the universities)?" oyer
asked. "Because a university is a center of ideas. I just don't
think we've gotten far enough."

who may have a difficult course to keep
the goal in mind," she said, after sharing
tales of the hardships she had with sta-
tistics courses as a college student.
Deer said President Clinton's 'bridge
to the 21st century' is a good start to
improving conditions in the country.
"But if we don't invest in ... health,
education and housing, all of us are
going to suffer;" she said.
Students felt Deer's comments were
powerful and insightful.
"She was really inspiring ... she kind
of demonstrated the range and scope of
what a social worker can do," said
School of Social Work first-year stu-
dent Chandra Sivakumar.
"I thought it was very good, very
interesting," said LSA junior Matt
Kantor. "I had never heard her speak
before, so I wasn't exactly sure what it
would be like."

Clay formations
Jeri Hollister at the pot guild, part time artisan teacher, prepares a loop-inspired pot for class, in
street clothes she is a History of Art photographer.

Roach, regent emeritus. "I had always
heard of the connections as a student
and there were always stories about
"It was a matter of principle that we
would not let the students shut the meet-
ing down. We would give them the lati-
tude to protest, but we would not capitu-
Roach said the regents were not upset
by the incident and their mood was light.
The tunnels have been in existence
since about 1915. Most of the tunnels
are constructed of re-inforced concrete,
but the older tunnels closer to the.center
of campus are made of brick.
The steam fitters spend their days
crouching and ducking pipes, some-
times working in temperatures as high
as 130 degrees, depending on the tun-
nel's location. They upgrade pipe sys-

tems and change expansion joints, rely-
ing solely on painted points of refer-
ence to tell them under which part of
campus they are working.
In the summer, air conditioning units
and fans flush fresh air through the tun-
nels, cooling down the steam fitters.
Ventilation is also achieved through
"sidewalk doors," which are rectangular
versions of manholes, and steel grates
fastened to the top of some kiosks
located around campus.
Klapperich, who has been a steam
fitter for six years, said he doesn't get
lonely spending his days in the tunnels.
"When you go down to the tunnel, it
is pretty much like working in a build-
ing, but you are secluded from every-
body else,' he said. "In that sense, it's
good because there are no obstacles in
your way."

Continued from Page 1
Steinbach said Winters has an upbeat
personality, and said he was startled by
the alleged beating.
"The times I've dealt with Chuck,
he's been a first-class individual," said
Steinbach, a Business senior who has
known Winters for the past three years.
"Chuck's a great guy."
The Rights and Responsibilities of
Student-Athletes at the University of
Michigan, a conduct manual, states
that actual or threatened violence is
prohibited, and punishment is typical-
ly determined by the team's coach. If
a student-athlete violates a provision,
the student has to meet with the team

coach, who issues proper disciplinary
If the matter cannot be resolved
between coach and athlete, a hearing
may be called with all interested par-
ties present, including the athletic
Athletic Director Joe Roberson
could not be reached for comment
last night.
University Resolution Coordinator
Mary Lou Antieau said she is not aware
of the case but typically if a student is
charged with a felony, the student
accepts suspension from the University
before facing court charges. She said
that in the past, students have been
charged with a felony and have faced
University hearings.

"Whenever there's a felony-level
crime involved, most attorneys advise
students to delay University proceed-
ings and accept suspension until con-
current criminal proceeding has been
completed," Antieau said.
Antieau said off-campus violations
of the Code of Student Conduct could
be pursued by the committee if the
behavior is considered dangerous to the
University community.
"In order to go beyond Ann Arbor, the
behavior has to pose an 'obvious or seri-
ous threat or harm to any members of the
University community',' Antieau said.
"We could insert jurisdiction on that
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are open to any change that's legal."
And candidates from the eight par-
ties are ready to fight for some changes.
"I think the M-Card has been a
monopoly for First of America bank,"
said Victors' Party spokesperson Nick
Kirk. "The Entre Plus system is better
for students - older students found
Entree Plus more convenient and with
our busy schedules, convenience is
LSA Rep. and Michigan Party candi-
date Mike Nagrant said establishing
ATMs on University property would
make life easier for students.
"Putting ATMs machines in some of
the bigger dorms and maybe in Angell
Hall would be convenient for students"
Nagrant said. "We generate so much
revenue for the bank - this would be a
way for them to give a little back.'
United People's Coalition Party
Chair Kenneth Jones said the M-Card
was restrictive to many students on
financial aid because it requires cash up

to use Entree Plus in the Union."
But other parties called for the elim-
ination of the M-Card.
"An ID card is an ID card and a debit
card is a debit card - the University
should have no role in telling students
which bank to use," said Liberty Party
Chair Martin Howrylak. "The best
thing to do would be to get the
University out of there completely and
let the banks market debit cards to stu-
dents if that's what they want to do."
Slumber Party member Ted Chen
said his party would work to make the
M-Card optional for all students.
"We think the M-Card is a lot of
bull," Chen said. "A lot of people don't
use the added features - the change
from Entree Plus was expensive and
Not all of the parties were so quick to
condemn the M-Card in favor of the old
Nihilist Party Chair Andrew Serowik
said that while the idea behind the M-
Card was a good one, the program need-
ed to be expanded to more banks_ and
stores outside of campus.
"It would be nice to offer a choice of
banks on the M-Card's bank strip.-
but I'm sure that would be very hard to
work out;' Serowik said. "The least
they could do is make the card more
attractive to merchants by lowering fees
attached to it - the more universally
the card is accepted, the better it will
work for students:'
Crush the Purple Dinosaur candidate
and Engineering Rep. David Burden
said that as the M-Card expands, there
is no room for Entree Plus.
"If they are going to have the M-Card,
they should phase out Entree Plus
because it's too confusing;" Burden said.
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"The card should not be so much
money straight out of students' pockets,
but more like Entree Plus where you fill
out a form and have more time to pay it
off,' Jones said. "I think Entree Plus
works wonderfully and I know without
it, me and some of my friends would be
in trouble most days."
Students' Party candidate Nicole
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that it does not supply concrete proof of
transactions on the card's cash chip.
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