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of programs for the 675-member Association of
American Colleges and Universities, said the IGRCC are
necessary if colleges plan to achieve true diversity.
"People are finally realizing that you can't just throw
groups together and expect them to get along," she said.
Representatives of five universities that have estab-
lished programs similar to IGRCC - University of
California at Los Angeles, University of Washington,
University of Massachusetts, Arizona State University
and University of Illinois - were present at the confer-
ence, as well as people from other colleges who are con-
sidering starting similar programs.
"Everyone has biases to bring to the table," said
Beverly Tatum, a psychology professor at Mount
Holyoke College in Massachusetts and author of a book
on racial segregation. "There is a lot to be learned from
the University of Michigan's program."
The conference is important, Tatum said, because it
will allow the six colleges to discuss which aspects of
intergroup discussions are effective and will allow all of

the programs to learn from one another. fu) discussio
Mount Holyoke is a college of 2,000 women, but "Dialogu
Tatum said a program similar to IGRCC could be even "It's serious
more effective at her institution. It must be p
Rosemary Fennell, a management program analyst at Emily Dc
the U.S. Department of Education Office of Civil Rights' Center for I
program legal group, said the IGRCC model helps the created si
educational experience for both students and faculty. Washington
"It places an affirmative duty on public schools to "You can
maintain an environment conducive to learning;' she thing you c
said. LSA Assi
Colleges and universities are not the only venues for said thatN
intergroup dialogue. Jonathan Hutson of the Center for University's
Living Democracy will release a study he conducted on knowledgef
community dialogue programs later this month. "The idea
Hutson said it is important to have interaction and practiti
between both community and campus dialogue groups. Hector G
"We need to have networks," Hutson said. "It's always and equity
a learning process for everyone. Community activists Education,:
request help in critiquing their own successes and fail- ed to decrea
ures, while the activists could help the campus groups." "It's not
For effective intergroup discussion, Hutson said there Garza said.'
needs to be experienced facilitators who lead meaning- fail to do th

e is about more than just talk," Hutson said.
talk. It must be learned. It must be taught.
ecker, a representative of the Washington
Improving Undergraduate Education, which
milar dialogue groups for faculty at
's colleges and universities, also presented.
n't with integrity ask students to do some-
annot do;' Decker said.
istant Dean and IGRCC Prof. David Schoem
while other schools learned from the
program, officials in Ann Arbor also gained
from this weekend's event.
2 was to bring together the leading theorists
oners in the area," he said.
iarza, vice president for division of access
programs of the American Council on
said programs such as the IGRCC are need-
ase the amount of racial tension in society.
only going to help students and faculty,"
" It's going to help soceity as a whole. If we
is, our country will be in a racial crisis."
Continued from Page 1A

Clinton to yield on defense bill
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - President Clinton said Saturday
that he will sign a $268 billion defense bill that he had threat-
ened to veto.
Clinton had promised to take out his veto pen if the bill con-
tained language preventing two closing military bases in
California and Texas from privatizing.
But a compromise was struck, so "I have decided to sign the
defense bill' "said Clinton at McClellan Air Force Base near here.
Clinton said the compromise language was "not ideal," but that
Secretary of Defense William Cohen assured him that it is fair.
He announced economic rescue packages for McClellan and Clinton
a second base, Kelly Air Force Base at San Antonio, Texas, to
help foster privatization.
"We will continue to do everything we can to help McClellan make the transi-
tion;" the president said.
The president, in Sacramento for a wildlife area dedication and a fund-raier,
also said the government would provide $5 million for redevelopment effort
Kelly and transfer machinery and equipment over to the base redevelopment


sponsoring the event.
Jones said that most students learn
about affirmative action primarily
through secondary channels, and the
symposium will allow students to learn
first-hand about views and facts con-
cerning the debated policy.
"Hopefully from the speakers we
have, from (University) Prof. (Carl)
Cohen to (State Reps.) David Jaye to
Ted Wallace, (students) will be able to
put together their own ideas on the
issue," Jones said.
WIC Co-Chair Puja Dhawan said the
symposium will not advocate for or
against affirmative action practices.
"We're trying to present an unbiased
platform so students can form their own
opinions," Dhawan said.
Each segment of the four-day event
will last two hours and will be broken
into two parts - one hour for the speak-
ers to address the audience and the sec-
ond hour as a forum for discussion.
Interim Rackham Dean Earl Lewis,
who will participate in tomorrow's ses-
sion emphasizing affirmative action in
academics, said the lawsuit most likely
was the impetus behind organizing the
symposium. But, Earl added, many
recent historical events, including the
Hopwood case in Texas and Proposition
209 in California, have captivated the
nation, sparking a closer look at how
race factors into decisions nationwide.
"I think we're closing another chapter
and beginning a new one;' Lewis said,
adding that citizens are now examining
the current state of race relations and
how that impacts social policies.
"The more opportunities we have
internally to engage in dialogue, the bet-
ter off we are as a community," he said.
Lewis said he will place affirmative
action in a historical context during his
Tonight's speakers include Law Prof.
Terrence Sandalow and Cohen, an RC
professor, who will detail the history of
affirmative action.
Cohen is noted for his research on the
statistical information he has compiled
about the University's admissions prac-
tices. His data shows that minority stu-
dents sometimes have been admitted to
the University even though their stan-
dardized test scores and GPAs have
lagged behind other students.
Dhawan said WIC originally planned
for a one-night event, but later realized
that a significant number of aspects sur-
rounding affirmative action existed,
warranting a four-day symposium.
Continued from Page 1A
Siblings Wei Ling and Wei Xiaotao
said in Beijing that their brother had
been unable to get adequate treatment
in a Chinese prison.
Since last year, Wei had been placed
under 24-hour watch in a cell with two
glass walls and a light that was never
switched off, said his sister, Wei Ling.
"If Wei Jingsheng stayed in jail, he'd be
in danger because he's in such bad
shape," Liu Qing, a friend of Wei's who
came to greet him at Detroit Metropolitan
Airport, said through a translator.
Another sister, Wei Shanshan, 42,
arrived at the airport from Germany
last night to visit her brother.
"I'm very happyhhe's here and safe,"
she said through an interpreter as she
walked through the airport carrying her
6-month-old child.
Daily Staff contributed to this report.

Human rights court
may be in the works
WASHINGTON - As the 50th
anniversary of the Universal Declaration
of Human Rights approaches, activists
and scholars said Saturday establishing a
world human rights court would go a
long way toward protecting people from
abusive governments.
A major problem that many foresaw
is how to persuade countries to surren-
der sovereignty to such a panel.
Participants from various fields
gathered in Washington this weekend
for a conference sponsored by the
Association for Baha'i Studies to con-
sider advances and shortfalls in human
rights during the past half-century.
Many said awareness of human
rights has increased, but the world has
yet to set and enforce a global standard.
"In politics, human interests are as
important to define as national inter-
ests," said Tim Barner, executive direc-
tor of the World Federalist Association.
He said an international court would
preserve those rights across national

The United Nations will sponsor~ a
meeting in Rome this summer to con-
sider a treaty that would create, an
International Criminal Court. The idea
was inspired by tribunals set up tolty
war crimes suspects from for
Yugoslavia and Rwanda.
Forgotten museum
may be reborn
WASH INGTON - The bullet that
killed Abraham Lincoln lies in a glass
display case alongside his doctor's
bloodstained shirt cuffs. Around the cor-
ner, dental instruments thought to bel
to Paul Revere hang from a wall.
It's a museum where such quirkiness is
commonplace but rarely seen by the mil-
lions who visit Washington every year.
Congress has joined in an effort to
change that by building a prominent
new home for the museum's exhibits
near the National Mall where many of
the capital's main monuments are.
Clinton signed last week a plan for a
National Health Museum.


Families bury slain
American oi execs
KARACHI, Pakistan - Flower bou-
quets adorned the steel gray coffins car-
rying the remains of four slain
Americans as they were loaded aboard a
plane for the flight home Saturday, while
police armed with machine guns stood
guard against more anti-U.S. attacks.
In a brief ceremony, colleagues of the
Texas oil company workers placed red,
pink and white carnations on each of the
caskets before laying them on a convey-
or belt leading to the plane's cargo hold.
The plane arrived at an air base in
Dover, Del., about 1:30 a.m. EST yes-
terday. A plane is scheduled to return
the bodies to Houston today, a
spokesperson for Union Texas
Petroleum said in Houston. '
"I can't understand why these people
were killed. ... We were shocked and
grieved by the deaths of these people,
who had a commitment to this country,"
said Douglas Archer, the U.S. consul
general in Karachi.
FBI agents - in Pakistan to help
investigate the killings - and heavily
'-I I

armed police trucks escorted the ambu-
lances that carried the bodies to the air-
Meanwhile, the State Departm t
renewed its warnings for American
Pakistan Saturday after a Virginia jury
recommended the death penalty for a
Pakistani man in the 1993 killings of
two CIA agents.
Pope calls special
bishops meeting
VATICAN CITY - Determine
bring back Catholics who have leftW
church'and win new faithful, Pope John
Paul II yesterday appealed to bishops
from the Americas to work with fresh
missionary zeal.
John Paul celebrated Mass at St.
Peter's Basilica to open a monthlong
special meeting, or synod, of churchgo-
ers from North and South America.
The nearly 300 representatives will
discuss concerns close to the pope's
heart, particularly how to reach ou
Catholics who have left the church.

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