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LOCAL/STATE

sir, 'Jlichigan Daily

Friday, February 13, 1998 - 3

CRIME i I I
Woman damages
boyfriend's car'
A Mary Markley Residence Hall
resident called the Department of
Public Safety on Tuesday night to
eport that his girlfriend damaged his
car, DPS reported.
Following a dispute with his girl-
friend at the will call window at Crisler
Arena, the girlfriend came to Markley
and found the resident sitting in his
parked vehicle, the resident reported.
She repeatedly stomped on the hood,
damaging the ear. She then forced her
way into the car and stole clothing and
other items.
DPS officers made a report. but no
Wharges were filed.
Fight breaks out
at CCRB gym
BA Central Campus Recreation
Building staff member called DPS on
Wednesday to report a fight between
"tt.O men in the main gymnasium,
ecording to DPS reports. People exer-
1ising in the vicinity separated the sub-
jects, and staff members forced one of
the-nmen to leave the building.
both men left the scene before police
officers arrived.
Man attacks wife
with a pillow
A female Northwood resident's
Susband struck her with a pillow
early Wednesday morning, accord-
ing to DPS reports. The victim
etilled DPS an hour after the inci-
dent and told police she had a bruise
on her arm.
The resident said her husband has hit
{her-before and she did not want officers
to be sent to her apartment. She was
afraid her husband would hurt her more
severely after police left the scene.
The operator dispatched a unit, as is
required in domestic abuse complaints,
and officers determined that the
woman was injured. The husband was
taken into custody. A background
check found no outstanding warrants
for his arrest. Officers transported him
to the Washtenaw County Jail.
Trespasser is
Eound in Fishbowl
A caller told DPS that an individual
= otaffiliated with the University was in
the Fishbowl, DPS reports indicate.
The caller said the man had been cited
for trespassing in the past.
Officers at the scene found the man
'was not causing a disturbance, but a
background check uncovered that the
suspect was on probation as a juvenile
ard of Washtenaw County Probate
'Court.
-Officers transported the man to his
probation officer at the Washtenaw
County Juvenile Home.
Man caught in
police chase
The Ann Arbor Police Department
sked DPS on Wednesday to help
pprehend a man seen on the 200 block
of Hill Street, DPS reported. The man
had been involved in a fight on Church

Street and ran from the police.
P olice who reported to the scene found
Me man kneeling on the ground next to a
fence. After spotting police, the subject
o"n west on Hill to Adams Street. He was
eventually apprehended at the intersec-
joti of Main Street and Koch Street.
AAPD officers arrested the man on a
prowling charge and placed him in cus-
tody.
Compiled by Daily Staff'
Reporter Jason Stof/r

Education groups'

ads

support diversity

By Christine M. Paik
D)aily Staf Reporter
With affirmative action under attack at colleges
and universities nationwide, the higher education
community is coming together to publicly reaffirm
its commitment to diversity.
An advertisement endorsed by 49 higher edu-
cation trade groups that stressed the importance
of a diverse faculty and student body at colleges
and universities appeared in both The Chronicle
of Higher Education and The Washington Post
this week.
"Within the national trade associations and
advocacy groups that represent higher ed, the sup-
port for diversity on college and university cam-
puses is wide and deep" said Terry Hartle, vice-
president for government and public affairs at the
American Council on Education, the group that
organized the statement. "We wanted to publish it
now because we felt it was important to put for-

ward our iew on this issue that is so vital on col-
lege campuses today."
The statement includes four reasons why the
co-signers believe "racial and ethnic diveirsity
should be one factor among the man consid-
ered in admissions and hiring." It states that
diversity "enriches the educational experience.
promotes personal growth and a healthy society.
strengthens communities and the wx orkplace
(and) enhance~s America's economic competi-
tiveness."
ACE, which represents 1,800 two- and Rour-
year private colleges and universities, including
the University, drafted the statement and circu-
lated it among the nation's higher education
associations for the past few months to solicit
support.
"ACE is the umbrella organization in the
higher education community," Hartle said. "One
of our responsibilities is to develop consensus

positions on important issues affecting the aca-
demic world. It's not surprismig that we took the
initiative.
"It is noiewoithy, llowever, that so many assOCl-
ations were wvilling to support it, Iartle said.
The Nat ionl AssOCitin f Stte I
Universities and Land-(rant olleges was
among the organizatiols to eildorse the state-
ment. said Joyce Payne, director of the group's
Office of Minority and Human Resource
Programs.
"We felt it was timely and more than appropri-
ate to reassess and reaffirm our support for and
commnitmenlt to diversity ill ihigher educat ionK
Payne said. Diversity "is the very foundation of
our nation and I think it's a matter of importance.
one of substance."
Carol Gerav Schneider, president of the
Association of American Col leges and
Universities, said it is imperative that prominent

higher educaton associatons publicly address the
issue.
It's imlportan lfor higher education to keep
saying again and again the current legal cli-
mate that it is essentiil to promote diversity.
Schneider said.
-Wc se diversitx as essetial to the quality
of campu:s comiLunities, student learning and
student preparation to lixe and work in a
diverse democracy We don't believe a student
can learn to do that in a campus lacking diver-
sity."
Schneider said she is thankful that ACE took the
mnitiatixe to draft the statement.
"It's not unusual for the community to come
together to promote diversity in higher educa-
tion," Schneider said. "But higher education
certainly appreciates ACE'l's leadership in
coordinatilg a statement that we all take very
seriously."

Students forego tradition, send
Valentine's gifts in cyberspace

-

Melissa Andrzejak
For the Daily
Cupid reaches back, pulls an
arrow from his quiver, draws his
famous bow of love and ... clicks on
send?
The ever-popular cherub of love
has gone online.
This Valentine's Day, spouses.
lovers or friends can bestow that
special someone with flowers. cards
and kisses - all from the comfort
and convenience of a computer.
"I've given virtual gifts before,
and I think that they're a great way
of sharing your thoughts with some-
one," said Paul Jenkins, an LSA
first-year student.
Multiple options allow one to
send a virtual Valentine complete
w ith animated kisses and a person-
alized message - certainly not the
average card or candy heart.
LSA sophomore Nirav Choksi
created an online Valentine's Day
haven geared specifically toward
students.
"I thought it might be fun to do,"
Choksi said. He said it's an "enter-
tainment-based site where every
card is free."
Since it's birth six months ago,

"I would be more than flattered to
receive any kind of gift - even if it

was over the computer."

- Bill Jones,
LSA sophomore,

4

PAUL TALANIAN/Daily
Lani Ka'ahumanu speaks to students last night about sexuality issues at
Rackham Amphitheater.
Speaker confronts
LGBT stereo types

Choksi said that in the two weeks
preceding Valentine's Day, more
than 750,000 people have visited the
site, with 60 percent of those visi-
tors sending cards or virtual kisses.
"We've gotten feedback (from
visitors)," Choksi said. "They like
the site."
Not only is the site's popularity
growing, but the technology behind
the site continues to expand.
"We are expanding the site with a
lot more technology " C'hoksi said.
In the future, the site may include
"voice messages with the cards 1and
interacting video."
Students on campus are cashing in
on this inexpensive alternative to
more traditional gifts.
Jenkins said that on Valentine's
Day, "it's the thought that counts."
Students on the receiving end of
virtual Valentines agree.

"It's kind of fun said Be
Keyes, a first-year LSA student.
"it wouldn't make a difference t4
ile if itwas something someone haid
bought or given over the Internet"
she said.
Other students expressed jubi-
lance at receiving any kind of
Valentine,
"I would be more than flattered to
receive any kind of gift - even if:.t
was over the computer," said LSA
sophomore Bill Jones.
Although many students like the
idea, some students are choosing to
stick with the more conventional
gifts this year.
"I've received (virtual gifts), buyI
prefer the traditional cards aiid
candy," said LSA sophomore Nicoe
Sebree.
You can access the site ?t
http://www wiemailcards.'com.

the site has grown

immensely.

By Eliana Raik
Eor 't'he iDal
Rainbow-colored balloons and rib-
bons decorated Rackham
Amphitheater in support of diversity
as bisexual author and social change
actixvist Lani Ka'ahumanu spoke last
night about social awareness of issues
concerning sexuality and race.
Ka'ahumanu, who wrote the book
"By Any Other Name: Bisexual
People Speak Out," has devoted her
career to helping break down stereo-
types surrounding lesbians, gays.
bisexuals. and transgender people, as
well as assisting the fight against
racism in society.
Ka'ahumanu said she prides her-
self on being the first "out" bisexual
on the board of the National Gay and
Lesbian Tiask Force.
We're taught to fear (people's) dif-
'ferences" Ka'ahumantu said. "It's time
to look at the world in a different way."
She captured her audience with all
original poem about the stereotypes
associated with bisexuals. She stressed
the importance of being open and hon-
est when discussing sexuality.
"When people tell their stories, it
helps us feel less afraid,"
Ka'ahumanu said.
Ka'ahuma 1 related the hardships
that face bisexuals with those of les-
bians, gays, transgender people and
other minority groups.
"Within the dichotomy of oppres-
sion. I want to challenge people to see

how complex the world is."
Ka'ahuman said. " 'Ilworking tor
social change that includes all people.
University students of various
sexual orientations attended the
event. Some people said they went to
support a worthy cause.
"I definitely support (Queer)
Visibility Week," said LSA jt1nior1
Alexa Stanard.
Citizens Action Group Executive
Director Bernard Cherkasov said
Ka'ahumanu's visit is significant
because it helps students understand
(luestions regarding sexual orientation.
"It's important because we raise
awareness about issues o1 discrimi-
nation," Cherkasov said.
Referring to the United States'
"erotiphobic culture," Ka'ahumanu
challenged the notions of culturally
constructed divisions associated
with sexuality.
"Biological sex and gender are
fluid," Ka'ahumanu said. "Identity
has nothing to do with sexual identi-
ty or experience."
In her speech. Ka'ahumanu dis-
cussed the discrimination bisexuals
face. Bisexual people often feel alien-
ated by both the gay and heterosexual
communities, Cherkasov said.
Ka'ahumanu finished with a mes-
sage about the negative effects of
stereotypes and prejudices.
"T'he dividing lines keep us from
recognizing our own humanity," she
said.

Correction:
* The Avery Hopwood panel discussion took place yesterday at 2 p.m. in the Rackham Amphitheater. This was
misidentified in yesterday's Daily.
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And Dinner," Sponsored by Hillel, Lounge.
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Following Shabbat dinner around 9 Art and Architecture Show," Kiwanis Building, 200 S. First St.,
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="Chi Alpha Christian Fellowship," African American Artists.
Sponsored by Chi Alpha Christian Architects and Planners, Pierpont SUNDAY
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