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The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, November 18, 1997 - 3

Burglaies occur
near carpus
Tw busiesses, one on
isenower lace and another on
Washanaw venue, were broken
into oer theweekend, according to
Ann \rbor Police Department
Polic be'eve the incident, which
occurre i the 1100 block of
EisenhoerPlace, took place around
II p.m, riay night. Police were alert-
ed by an lrm that sounded during the
break-in e unknown suspect broke a
indow d escaped with a laptop
Police e not sure whether the
Washtena incident, in which the
suspect roke into an office,
occurred ist Thursday or Friday.
The frondoor of the office had
been ford open and computer
equipmenwas taken. The incident
occurred n the 2300 block of
condct occurs
at Busley Hall
DPS offers visited Bursley Hall
on North Cmpus twice on Saturday
to keep tw incidents from getting
vt of had, according to DPS
Around 3a.m., several people ran
dcwn a cordor in Van Duren house,
riping don paper from bulletin
bards as thy sprinted down the hall,
.DS reportstate.
, According to the reports, the sub-
jets ran dovn a stairwell after damag-
in the halivay bulletin boards.
ater tha afternoon, two men were
tading between Hamilton and
1aford hotses throwing snowballs at
Saford Hose windows, according to
O reports.
Sispect enters
laindry room
frm dryer
* Dreportsstate that someone
enteri the Fisher Stadium laundry
room from a dryer either late
Wedn;day night or early Thursday
morni last week.
Theunknown suspect may have
stolen ome items from the laundry
room, ;cording to the reports. The
incidew was reported to DPS by a
caller liday morning, DPS reports
Panhandler stops
traffc on Palmer
A womn was standing on Palmer
Street collcting money from motorists
and causig a traffic backup Friday
evening, acording to DPS reports.
The woan was standing near a
parking strcture, according to DPS
The DPS unit that investigated the
incident fourd no disturbances when it

Woman, drives car
into base of pole
A woman accidentally drove her van
into the cement base of a light pole in a
*ipke Drive parking lot Friday night,
according to DPS reports.
The woman was not injured in the
incident, but the van had about $2,000
worth of damage, according to DPS
Since the vehicle was leaking radia-
tor fluid, the woman left her car in the
Kipke lot until the next day, DPS
reports state.
- Compiled by Daily Staff Reporter
Ah Alice Robinson.

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By Gerard Cohen-Vrignaud
Daily Staff Reporter
Africa is not the wasteland por-
trayed by many historians and jour-
nalists, argued history Prof. Frederick
Cooper in a lecture given yesterday.
The lecture drew about 150 people
to Rackham Amphitheater yesterday
"Public discourse on Africa seems
mired in the same stereotypes as 30
years ago, and public policy issues are
debated as if the complexities that
scholarship has revealed do not exist,"
Cooper said. "The Africa of back-
wardness, famines, ethnic hatred and
wars is still with us."
The lecture, titled "Africa at
Century's End: Representations and
Explanations," was Cooper's inaugur-
al lecture after his appointment to the
Charles Gibson Collegiate
Professorship of History.
Cooper spoke about African culture
and history in the tradition of Gibson,
whose extensive research of the rich
indigenous history of Latin America
legitimized scholarship in this field.
"That the University of Michigan
should award this chair to a scholar
whose primary research has been on
Africa implies as well that the field is
now being considered an integral part
of the University's concerns," Cooper
Cooper spoke about the importance
of viewing Africa as more than a set
of negative images, such as apartheid
in South Africa and genocide in
Rwanda. Cooper challenged the
analysis of some historians that Africa
has had no successes and only fail-
"But we need more debate, more
engagement, more complex analysis
of the way economic structures in

Music celebrates
Puerto Rican Week

By Rachel Edelman
D)aily Staff Reporter
The warm and soothing rhythms of
the Caribbean filled the air last night as
students gathered to learn about the his-
tory of Puerto Rican music.
University alumnus Ozzy Rivera,
host of "Caribe Serenade," a Detroit-
based radio show, spoke last night
about the history, origins and influ-
ences of Caribbean music. Rivera pre-
sented a lecture, as well as a multi-
media performance featuring video-
tapes and CDs.
"There wasn't Puerto Rican music
300 years ago. What we're starting to
do is explore our own heritage," Rivera
Rivera discussed the origins of
Puerto Rican music and African,
Spanish, Native American and Arab
influences on the art.
"At the heart of Puerto Rican music
is African-Hispanic music. It is the
blending of both African and Hispanic
influences' Rivera said.
"The music is different because of its
different roots. That diversity is beauti-
ful. There's a Puerto Rican element to
the music, but there are other influences
as well," he said.
Influences on Puerto Rican music
date back hundreds of years, Rivera
"If you don't know the past, then you
don't know the present, and you won't
know the future," Rivera said.
Rivera was joined by three other per-
formers - pianist Eileen Orr, and per-
cussionists Dennis Shintzel and
Consuela Lopez.
"Music is one of the ways that we
express ourselves. We want to show the
spirit of the music. This is a declaration

of our identity," said Lopez, one of the
Rivera and the other performers
demonstrated various Caribbean
rhythms, such as the plena and
"Puerto Rican people, as well as
others from the Caribbean and Africa,
are very music-oriented," said Samuel
Lopez, an Engineering senior and
president of the Puerto Rican
Association. "It's a chance for us to
learn about our music and our roots.
This shows the spectrum of influ-
Rivera described the importance of
the percussion instruments in
Caribbean music.
"There's something that just makes
you want to dance when you hear the'
The presentation also included a
video of several bands playing differ-
ent rhythms.
The event was part of Puerto Rican
Week, which celebrates Christopher
Columbus' discovery of Puerto Rico in
The audience of about 25 students
and community members had an
opportunity to participate with the per-
formers using the slave, a percussion
instrument. Audience members danced
and clapped their hands in tune to the
In addition to hosting "Caribe
Serenade," Rivera is a community
activist and leader. Rivera also teaches
seminars at the Detroit Institute of
The lecture and performance were
sponsored by the Puerto Rican
Association and the Office of Multi-
Ethnic Student Affairs.

History Prof. Fredrick Cooper spoke to a crowd of students about African
culture and history yesterday at the Rackham Ampitheater.

Africa and the West actually func-
tion," Cooper said. "The sterility of
Africa-bashing need not be answered
by a defense of everything that has
happened in Africa."
Cooper was introduced by LSA
Dean Edie Goldenberg, who gave a
brief history of Gibson's and Cooper's
academic achievements.
"He's really made a positive differ-
ence, not only in the University's his-
tory department, but across the
humanities and social sciences as
well," Goldenberg said.
Anyone who is awarded a profes-
sorship at the University usually is

asked to give an inaugural lecture,
Goldenberg said.
Cooper read from a prepared
speech and spoke very quickly. Some
students expressed disappointment
with the lecture, which left some
audience members bewildered by the
rapid flow of words.
"I think it's difficult for audiences
to pay attention to speakers who read,"
said SNRE doctoral candidate Crystal
Fortwangler. "Even though the con-
tents were juicy, current and exciting,
it was difficult to follow and remain
focused. But he rebounded in the
question and answer."

Blood battle intensifies
as game approaches

Activists denounce human
rights violations in East Timor

From staff reports
The annual blood battle between
the University and Ohio State is get-
ting more intense as it enters the
final week.
As of yesterday, the University had
collected 854 pints of blood and Ohio
State had collected 753.
"We are very happy. The drive start-
ed out slow, but it has started to speed
up," said Engineering senior Robb
Smylie, co-president of Blood Drive
United, the group sponsoring the event.
"They should keep donating because

the last.week is the big drive for both
"We should definitely keep donating
because we still have to meet our quo-
tas from the Red Cross, too:"
The winner of the annual "bloody"
competition, which will end Friday, will
receive the Blood Drop Trophy. The
University has not won the blood battle
since 1991.
To make an appointment to donate,
please call the battle headquarters at
994-9588 or stop by the Michigan
Union before Friday.

By Joshua Rosenblatt
For the Daily
Nina Maria (a Costa has the difficult
job of convincing the world to care about
a tiny South Eat Asian territory unknown
to many. On Saurday, she teamed up with
national and hcal activists to bring her
message to An Arbor.
Jeff Ballinjer, director of Press for
Change and ia Costa, a refugee from
East Timor aldressed a small crowd of
students andAnn Arbor residents in the
Michigan Lague as part of a program
on human rights in East Timor and
"We're loping to educate the com-
munity, Uiiversity and non-University,
about the human rights situation (in
East Timr and Indonesia)," said Aaron,
Stark, had of the University's East
Timor Action Coalition. "We hope they
take this information and use it to
change u.S. policy."
On December 7, 1975, Indonesia
invadei its neighbor East Timor, which
was in the process of being decolonized
by the Portuguese. The move began an
occupation that would eventually kill
200,000, one third of East Timor's pop-
"When I went back to Timor, I
noticed this huge crucifix ... (it turned
out that) some years before an
Indonesian soldier was found dead in a
village. No one would say anything
about (what had happened), so the sol-
diers pushed everyone into a hole and
poured concrete in ... over 500 people
were killed," da Costa said.
She said local officials quickly stifle
any efforts at resistance, and many

times strike out without provocation.
"If you speak out, then things can
happen to your family," said da Costa.
"But we didn't speak out, and we didn't
save our family," said da Costa, who
lost her aunt, uncle and seven cousins.
Using family members as political
hostages is just one of the types of
"blackmail" that the Indonesian gov-
ernment uses against the people of East
Timor, she said.
"I think it's really powerful to hear
someone from East Timor talk about the
tactics that were used," said School of
Public Health graduate student Cure Kim.
Ballinger, the event's second speaker,
touched on the interests of businesses in
preserving the status quo.
"I was asked to speak to show why
the situation is the way it is," said
Ballinger, who has devoted seven and
1/2 years examining Nike Corporation's
activities in Asia.
Nike itself claimed in a publication
that "Nike likes strong governments,"
Ballinger said. A stable Indonesian gov-
ernment would be conducive to Nike's
interests, while a fledgling democracy
would not be, Ballinger charged.
Aside from monetary concerns. da
Costa acknowledged that there is not a
huge amount of public support for East
Timor in the outside world.
"The people of East Timor have
stood up and every time we stand up,
we die," said da Costa. "Now we need
the people of the world to stand up."
Organizers said da Costa's efforts
already have made strides in the right
"The United States has played a large

role (in supporting these govern-
ments)," said Kristin Sundell, field
organizer for the local chapter of East
Timor Action Network, which is spon-
soring da Costa's 17-city tour. "But that
also means we can make a change."
Those interested in finding out more
about East Timor can call Erin Stark at
764-3691 or Kristin Sundell at (617)
868-6600, ext. 319.
If you would like more information
on Nike's activities, write to Press for
Peace at P.O. Box 161, Alpine, NJ





APrescri tion for:n
Wednesduy, November 19th
Alumni Center (behind the Michigan League)

Panel Discussion featuring:



Wihat's happening in Ann Arbor today

Q Alianza, 995-0123, Michigan Union,
MIG, 7:30 p.m.
U Cleptomaniacs and Shoplifters
Anonymous, 913-6990, First
Baptist Church, 512 E. Huron St.,
Room 102, 7-8:30 p.m.
U Conservative Minyan, 769-0500,
Hillel, 1429 Hill St., 7:30 p.m.
Q Free Mumia Coalition/ARA, 763-
7335, Modern Languages
B uilding, Room 129, 7 p.m.
iLSA┬░ Student Government, LSA

Musical Society, log onto
/YoHA/yoha-web/chats.html, 1T-
1.30 p.m.
Q "Are Hormones Disrupting Your Life?"
Slide Show, Sponsored by Ecology
Center, Modern Languages
Building, Room 2402, 4-6 p.m.
Q "Imperial Archipelage: The Making
of an Urartian Landscape on the
Ararat Plain," Speaker, Sponsored
by Archaeological Institute of
America, Tappan Hall, Room 180,
5 p.m.
QI "Imnrnving Your Memoryv-- How to

across from CIC desk.
U "Puerto Rican Week Exhibit"
Sponsored by Puerto Rican
Association, Michigan Union,
Stud y Lounge.
U "The Struggle for Democracy in
Albania" Speaker, Sponsored the
Ecumenical Campus Church,
International Center, 603 E.
Madison St., 12 p.m.
U Campus Information Centers, 763-

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