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Iowa last Saturday and did not return, but
is expected to play tomorrow.
So don't think the Wolverines are look-
ing past Wisconsin in anticipation of its
annual showdown with Ohio Stae. The
Rose Bowl means too much and every
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By Wajahat Syed
Daily Staff Reporter
ven the tragedy of a slain mother
an imprisoned father has not dis-
couraged Hafsat Abiola from speak-
ing against the oppression and vio-
lence that has plagued her homeland,
The daughter of the democratical-
ly elected but then imprisoned
Nigerian president, Moshood Abiola,
Hafsat is one of the youngest
activists from Nigeria who has
fought for her country's cause of
Speaking to more than 100 people
at the Law School, 23-year-old
Abiola discussed the decadence that
her country has delved into in the
aftermath of a forced military dicta-
torship, suppressing the human
rights of 100 million Nigerians.
"One of the problems with Africa
is that people associate it with safaris
Sd fruits," said Abiola, who gradu-
d from Harvard University magna
cum laude. "They often overlook the
fact that this is a real place with real
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putting more information on the Web
that's hard to put in a coursepack, like
Some students create sites for fun,
file others use the medium to further
LaLonde's site, for example, includes
portions of his resume. LaLonde said
he knows many people who use their
Website for a similar purpose.
Erika Sandor, who graduated from
the University this past December, said
she started her Web page in the summer
because she "thought it would be a fun
"I try to do different ideas with it"
Sandor said. "I guess it kind of
describes your personality, your inter-
ests. You can make a statement with it."
Students cited the Web's potential as
a social outlet as another benefit of
joining the Web craze.
"It's a meeting place. That's one way
people and real problems, where the
oppression is starting to become the
norm of the day."
Her talk was titled "Nigerian
Democracy and Environmental
Justice," which was organized by the
University's Environmental Justice
Abiola also spoke about how
multinational oil giants have sup-
ported the "tyranical" Nigerian dic-
tatorship and have failed to meet the
environmental safeguards of the
Between 1982 and 1992, the oil
company alone has drilled more than
900 million barrels of oil worth bil-
lions of dollars, yet the Nigerian
people have nothing to show except a
devastated environment and acute
poverty, Abiola said.
Crystal Fortwangler, an SNRE
graduate student and member of the
Environmental Justice Group, said
she would like to see more students
involved in human rights violations
"All the information stated on the
to keep in touch and find out what's
going on with my friends," said LSA
first-year student Vanessa Heng. "It's
more of a communication tool."
Some students said the Web frag-
ments society, but Grace Wong, an
information consultant at Mary
Markley residence hall, pointed out that
the University setting gives students a
unique opportunity to exploit Web ser-
"I think it's a good thing for accessi-
bility. But it can also be bad because
people get closed in their little bubble
and it's sort of sad because their only
way out is through the computer," Heng
said. "They just click a mouse and
For LaLonde, "there" was Singapore.
After entering a scholarship contest
involving Website design, LaLonde col-
laborated with people in Singapore for
his Web page. "You can work with peo-
ple across the world," he said. "The fact
that I was able to work with two kids
from Singapore is kind of amazing."
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Hasfat Ablola, a Nigerian activist and daughter of a former Nigerian president,
speaks about the problems in her country last night in the Law School.
corporate and state interests in the
country is very informative stuff,"
Fortwangler said. "I just hope that
people take what they hear and
spread it around."
In many parts of Nigeria, health,
sanitation and even pure drinking
water are far off from being avail-
able, yet billions of dollars of oil and
other resources are exported out of
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body to become aware of this issue,"
said White, a member of the newly
formed group The Student Peace
Action Network. "Signing a petition or
writing a postcard is not too much of a
commitment. The treaty's already there,
we just need Bill Clinton to sign it."
Not all students listening on the Diag
agreed with the activists.
Two University students, Jacob
Oslick and Jonathan Blavin, disagreed
with America's role in using landmines.
"First of all, landmines are very easy to
produce. Therefore, any rogue nation, ter-
rorist group or paramilitary organization
could produce landmines very quickly,"
said Oslick, an LSA first-year student and
a member of the Reserve Officers
Training Corps. "The only nations who
would end up not using landmines are
ones who didn't do it anyway."
Blavin, an LSA junior and SPAN
member, accused Oslick of using
the country on an annual basis, she
Abiola said that although the gov-
ernment is involved in these actions,
it is answerable to no one.
"I don't suppose that I am particu-
larly safe speaking out and against
the tyranny in my country, but I think
I am safer than not saying and doing
anything at all," Abiola said.
"Pentagon rhetoric to justify the use of
landmines," and termed Oslick's posi-
Yesterday evening, the group also held
an informational meeting at St. Mary's
Student Parish on the corner of
Thompson and E. William streets. The
meeting included graphic slides of the
effects landmines have on people, and
what occurs when a person steps on a
At the meeting, members of the
International Campaign to Ban
Landmines also sold pins and T-shirts
made by landmine victims. Letters to
Clinton also were available to be signed.
"We hope to achieve a ground swell of
knowledge being put out there about the
damage of this horrible weapon. It's more
than just people losing a leg. It trickles
down. It destroys countries," Piatti said.
The group has been traveling cross-
country in a vehicle they call "The Ban
Bus," and will arrive in Ottawa, Canada
for the signing of a treaty banning
antipersonal landmines on Dec. 3 and 4.
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