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News: 76-DAILY
Advertising: 764-0554

One hundred siyears of editoria/freedom

September 26, i997

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two new
By Janet Adamy
Daily Staff Reporter
University alumnus Preston Robert
Tisch joined members of the
University community yesterday to
celebrate the openings of the Tisch
anities Building and Tisch Tennis
Tisch, whose $7.5 million dona-
tion funded the two new buildings,
said he was delighted to help the
school that gave so much to him and
his family.
"The University does a great job
preparing its students for the future,"
Tisch said. "I'm happy to be able to
support it."
During the dedication of Tisch Hall,
erly known as "the connector,"
'A Dean Edie Goldenberg thanked
Tisch for making such a "pivotal build-
ing" possible.
"Tisch Hall serves as a front door to
the humanities to many students,"
Goldenberg said. "We are most grateful
to Bob and (his wife) Joan and the
Tisch Foundation."
University President Lee Bollinger
said the building will allow students to
*icipate in the humanities on a one-
on-one basis, as opposed to just
through technology.
"There's no substitute for human
contact," Bollinger said.
During the dedication of the Tisch
Tennis Center, Athletic Director Tom
Goss praised Tisch and called the
new tennis facility the best in the
"There's not another . university
tionally, we believe, that can come
M se to what we have here;' Goss said.
"It will give our athletes ... our women
athletes in particular ... the chance to
compete on the highest level."
Currently, the center has eight
indoor courts. Another 12 outdoor
courts are in the process of being
Bollinger cited famous literary fig-
ures who also had an interest in athlet-
-including Percy Bysshe Shelley,
o wrote poetry while swimming -
to illustrate the point that humanities
and athletics are dependent on each
"I believe that it takes generosity to
understand that a new major tennis
facility is critical to the humanities,"
Bollinger said with a smile, adding that
all students need to engage in physical
activity while pursuing their academic
regent Philip Power (D-Ann Arbor)
said that 70 percent of students use the
campus' athletic facilities, including
the recreation buildings on Central and
North Campuses and the Intramural
"This building will continue to carry
on that tradition," Power said.
Tisch, who is co-owner of the New
York Giants football team, said Ann
Arbor was the place where his family's,
Orts tradition began.
"I like to help the Athletic
Department do what it's doing," Tisch
See TISCH, Page 2

Emotions flow

at Diag vigil

By Christine M. Palk
Daily Staff Reporter
A diverse group of friends and
strangers gathered together on the Diag
last night to pay respects to Tamara
Williams and unite against recent acts
of violence and vandalism on campus.
The candlelight vigil brought out
close to 2,000 people - despite bitter
wind and racial barriers - to come
together to make a difference in the
University community.
"The time has come to cherish each
other," said Rev. Dr. Charles Adams of
Hartford Memorial Baptist Church.
"We must use Tamara's death to create a
better life for us, no matter what our
race, creed, or color."
Most of the students, faculty and
friends stayed through both vigils last
night. The evening began with a tribute
to Williams and her family, which was
followed by a speech by Michigan
Student Assembly President Michael
Nagrant concerning the recent incidents
of violence and vandalism on campus.
Tamara's mother, Yvonne Williams,
also attended the vigil. She spoke a few
words thanking the University and stu-
dents, but broke down in tears and was
unable to continue.
"I just want to say that I really appre-
ciate everyone's love and support that
you have given me and my family," she
said. "This is just so unreal."
Tamika Pennamon, Williams' best
friend, comforted Yvonne Williams
throughout the vigil.
"There's so much I want to say to
her," Pennamon said. "You have to
understand that I talked to her like up to
four times a day. I miss her dearly."
Adams focused on the need to "learn
to love women and to cherish children."
"Violence is not the answer to any
problem," Adams said. "We must face
the tendency to blame women for men's
Adams also said he felt that laws
designed to punish and prevent domes-
tic violence are too lax.
"1 hope her death pricks our con-
sciousness" Adams said. "Law enforce-
ment is too lenient against to those who
are known to be repeated offenders
against the health of women and chil-
Rackham first-year student Rachelle
Johnson, Williams' neighbor, organized
the tribute to Williams.
"We need a commitment to action, a
call to action," Johnson said. "Everyone
who feels as though this community
needs something more should be here
See DIAG, Page 8
Funeral and Fund
Williams' funeral will be held at
12 p.m. tomorrow at the East Lake
Mission Baptist Church in Detroit.
The University has organized a
fund to provide for the future
expenses of Kiera Williams, the 2
1/2-year-old daughter of Tamara
Interested individuals can send
checks payable to the Kiera
Williams Educational Support Fund
to Bethany Steffke in the Office of
Student Affairs, 6015 Fleming
Administration Building, Ann Arbor,
MI 48109-1399.
For more information call
Steffke at 764-5132.

A poem for Tamara:
My friend Tamara lost her life yesterday!
Some say because she was too nice.
Some whisper that she was just plain dumb.
Some just say why didn't she leave her
abusive relationship?
Some should say because he (the abuser)
had a problem.
Some should say because of his
inexcusable behavior.
Some people just dont understand what it
is like to be in an abusive relationship!
Some people will never understand.
But I do, I do understand.
As the product ofan abusive relationship.
I have felt the pain of an abused woman.
I bear the scars ofan abused woman.
The emotional
The physical
The hatred
The pain
The shame
And the warped sense of compassion and
But never was it understood, the reason
Tamara stayed
Repeated over and over again.
"I want to ty! "*
"I have always wanted my children to grow
up with a father"
Once in my heart was thefear of losing my
mother to this devil called domestic
But never in my heart was she shunnedfor
bearing and enduring what most people
could not understand!
Sympathy, Iretained.
Compassion, I retained.
Then my heart turned on the attacker
Hate, I retained
Pain, I retained
Anger; I retained
Tears, I retained
Fears, I retained
until it began to eat me alive,
Then, Let it go, Idid
'Til the memories wake me in a cold sweat
at night
Tears Icry, From the pain I ache.
Through it all! still have my mother: she
Some don't, I'mhjCd4
Kiera and many others are not
Faith, we must keep
Support, understand and protect other
victims, we must doll
Not turn our backs on the victims.
What to do with attackers, Ido not know,
For my father was one of them.
Let what happened to Tamara
Keep us strong
Keep us alert
Teach us (women) to say "no"
- Ido not have to take this
Teach us not to turn the other cheek
during these situations
Teach us not to blame the victim,
but to help the victim.
Please donot let Tamaras death go in vain,
I love you Tamara and Kiera
Editors'Note: This poem was submitted by
one of TamaraM Williams'frends

LSA junior Alice Teng
holds a candle on the
Diag in memory of
Tamara Williams, who
was stabbed to death
Tuesday on North
Campus. Teng was
among the crowd of
close to 2,000 people
who attended the vigil
last night.
At left, LSA Junior Kevin
Jones and Kinesiology
juniors Monica Cohen
and Mikerra Bostic
shield their candles from
the wind during the

Tomorrow in Foo
Notre Dai
No. 6 Michigan (2-0) vs. Notre Dame (1-2)
Michigan Stadium (cap. 102,501)
Tomorrow, 3:30 p.m.
Michigan by 14
High of 72 and sunny
ABC, Channel 7
Series history:
Michigan is the only school still competitive
mndmar Pra that has a Nntm Damp mm

Iball Saturday:
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Michigan merchandise
brings in large revenue

By Peter RomeuFredman
Daily Staff Reporter
When the titans clash this
Saturday, the camps of Notre
Dame and Michigan fans will
don school colors and cheer for
their respective teams.
But even die-hard fans may not
realize the differences in how the
schools raise and distribute their
merchandising profits.
Derek Eiler, director of univer-
sity services at the Collegiate
Licensing Company, said there is
no easy formula for knowing

determine how successful a school
is in merchandising - colors, TV
exposure, logos, tradition, academ-
ic and athletic success," Eiler said.
Michigan gets corporate sup-
port from companies like Pepsi,
Nike and First of America, while
Notre Dame has contracts with
Adidas and Champion.
Michigan Director of Licensing
Paul Schager said Michigan is not
hurting for licensing profits.
"As far as schools that report
revenue from royalties in licens-
inn. involving the sales of univer-

the contract was the largest of
its kind at that time, and
brought in $7.1 million to the
Athletic Department.
After Michigan, top schools
include University of North
Carolina, Kentucky University
and Penn State University, said
Bill Battle, CEO of Collegiate
Licensing Company.
The reason little is known about
Notre Dame's revenue stems from
their independent style of market-
ing, as well as their status as a pri-
vate school, Eiler said.

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