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for peer tutoring
program at 'U'
The English Composition Board cur-
tly is looking for students with
exceptional writing and communica-
tion skills who would like to participate
in the Peer Tutoring Program.
Students can receive credit and
fulfill the junior/senior writing
requirement through the program.
The program will allow students to
tutor within the University and possi-
bly internationally through the
Internet. A two-term commitment is
andatory, but students may be li-
ble to tutor at $8 an hour after ful-
filling the requirement. Interested
students must have 55 credits by the
end of this term to be eligible for
Students interested in tutoring
should contact Peer Tutor Coordinator
Kay Keelor at 936-3140 or e-mail her
Students interested in participating
in community service projects can
apply for leadership positions with
Project SERVE for the 1998-99 school
Site leader applications are still
ing accepted for programs such as
lternative Spring Break, Alternative
Weekend and a variety of other campus
programs including the Community
Applications are due today by 5 p.m.
Applicants can visit the Project Serve
office at 1024 Hill St. or contact 936-
2437 for more information.
Author to discuss
The Center for Russian and
Eastern European Studies is sponsor-
ing speaker Eva Hoffman, who will
discuss issues surrounding Polish
Hoffman, who has written novels
about politics and literature, will be
discussing her recent works, which
focus on the lives and struggles of
olish Jews. Hoffman immigrated to
ada from Poland. She is also a for-
mer writer and editor for The New York
The event is scheduled for 8 p.m. on
March 31 at the Rackham
Fellow to speak
about state of
The Center for Learning through
Community Service will sponsor a dis-
cussion on the state of modern democ-
John Gaventa, a senior fellow at the
University of Sussex, will speak about
issues of research pertaining to democ-
racy. Gaventa is also co-director of the
Community Participation Center at the
University of Tennessee.
The speech is scheduled for 4 p.m.
pril 2 at the Residential College
Auditorium at East Quad Residence
Hall. The event is co-sponsored by the
Residential College and the Institute
for Social Work.
Lecture to cover
The Center for Japanese Studies
continues its Noon Lecture Series this
week with a lecture about the migration
patterns of Japanese Americans.
Valerie Yoshimura, a Ph.D. candidate,
is scheduled to discuss preliminary
research findings in a project titled
"Japanese Americans at Midwestern
Crossroads." The discussion will trace
the migratory pattern and modern histo-
of Japanese Americans. Yoshimura
so serves as a delegate to the Japanese
American Student Conference.
The lecture is scheduled for noon on
April 2 at the International Institute.
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Ku Klux Klan plans hate rally in Ann Arbor
By Peter Meyers
Daily Staff Reporter
The Ku Klux Klan officially made a
request to the City of Ann Arbor on
Thursday for a permit to hold a rally at
City Hall. The rally would be held May 9.
"I have a feeling they're not going to
give us our permit," said Robert
Wiggins, the Klan's attorney.
The group of Klan members, led by
Imperial Wizard Jeff Berry, is the same
group from Butler, Ind. that held a rally
at City Hall in July, 1996 that set off
violent protests by anti-Klan protesters.
Some local groups and citizens have
pledged to oppose the rally.
"We will certainly do what we can to
prevent them from rallying in the first
place,' said Shanta Driver, a member of
the Coalition to Defend Affirmative
Action By Any Means Necessary. "If
they do come in May, they absolutely will
be driven out of town again,' Driver said.
City Adminstrator Neil Berlin said it is
possible the Klan does not need a permit
to hold a rally if less than 50 people
attend. Berlin said the Klan has indicated
that less than 50 ralliers plan to be there.
The Klan also requested that the city
provide transportation for their demon-
strators and electricity for their sound
equipment, Berlin said.
Berlin said the city will not consider
public opposition to the Klan in their
final decision on the permit.
"The decision the city makes will be
determined by the laws ... and Supreme
Court decisions in relevant cases,"
City officials said the Klan would
probably be notified in about two weeks
as to whether the group will be granted a
"Typically, we give ourselves 15 days
to respond," said Jeffery Ellis, director of
the city's Central Permit Office, but he
added that the city is not required to
respond to the request in a specified
amount of time.
Some rallies require more considera-
tion due to security issues, Ellis said.
Ellis said the city would respond by
the day before the event is scheduled.
Driver said the holding of politically
conservative events in Ann Arbor, such
as the speech by Ward Connerly, has
given Klan members the impression
that the group is becoming more wide-
ly accepted in Ann Arbor.
Driver said she hopes the city will
deny police protection for the Klan.
Driver said that the police department
"rolled out the red carpet" for the Klan's
1996 rally by providing Klan members
with extensive police protection.
"The Klan won't come without
that," Driver said. Driver was member
of the legal defense team for the Anm
Arbor Eight - the eight people who
were arrested while protesting the
In 1996, the Klan was given .
demonstration permit and police pro-
tection. During their demonstration,
someone protesting the Klan's appear-
ance threw a rock, hitting Berry's wife,
Edna, in the right eye.
Edna Berry is suing the city and the
AAPD for inadequate protection. The
case is still in the litigation stage.
Conference on technology
focuses on the 'people factor'
By Erin Holmes
Daily Staff Reporter
For those who think technology is too
impersonal to go hand-in-hand with
human interaction, the Information and
Technology Conference held this past
weekend provided them with reasons to
Speakers during the two-day pro-
gram focused on "people" as signifi-
cant factors in the "comprehension of
information systems" and spoke about
ways in which technology caters to the
"What is the future of technology?"
asked C-SPAN founder Brian Lamb, the
conference's keynote speaker. "I don't
know. I'm more of a people person."
Lamb devoted his speech to the impor-
tance of human life in his network. Lamb
cited Americans as sources of C-SPAN's
technological and overall advancement.
"In order for things to happen, you
gotta have the people" Lamb said. "We
wouldn't have industry if we didn't have
"Seventy-one million homes can
watch" C-SPAN, Lamb said.
Lamb said C-SPAN has been a success
since its development in 1979 because of
the 25 million regular viewers who watch
the network despite its lack of commer-
In an attempt to demonstrate how
technology is capable of affecting the
individual, Lamb explained the applica-
tions and programs C-SPAN offers.
Lamb said C-SPAN's "Booknotes,"
which features interviews with promi-
nent authors, is a great way to showcase
people and their diverse personalities.
"Sometimes you get wonderful
books and terrible interviews, but the
people are always very interesting,"
said Lamb, referring to the Sunday
night feature program he hosts.
Lamb also pointed to other technolog-
ical aspects of his network as inspiration
for Americans. Lamb said the network
sends representatives to high schools to
provide students with hands-on experi-
C-SPAN also offers Internet sites and
radio broadcasts to prove that technology
and people can work together.
Other conference speakers shared
Lamb's message about the future of tech-
nology as a force that bonds people
"We need to emphasize dense connec-
tions between people," said Lee Sproull,
professor of management information
systems at Boston University. "It is
important (in the world of technology) to
hold up the concept of community as a
Sproull used Internet chat groups as an
example of how technology can "serve
extremely important psychological and
social functions" for individuals and
"Many user groups want to offer
expression of concern" to their users,
Sproull said the Internet "is a way to be
typing alone at a computer and be able to
say, 'I'm not alone."'
Wanda Orlikowski, associate profes-
sor of information technologies and orga-
nization studies at the Massachusetts
Institute of Technology, said human
understanding is the basis of technologi-
"When new technology comes our
way, people tend to incorporate old
ideas," Orlikowski said. "People bor-
row from what has worked for them
before," which, Orlikowski said, would
include the most basic forms of human
Those who attended the first annual
Information and Technology Conference
said they liked the human focus of the
"Technology is changing, and so is
human interaction," said Hannah
Reeves, from the department of com-
munications studies Office of Studeit
Services. "The effect of technology en
people and relations to people is very
Eric Bowen, a Pittsfield Twp. resident
who attended the conference, said thq
emphasis on the individual made the pro
"Focusing on the people is the way to
go," Bowen said. "After all, they're the
ones using the technology.'
Lamb said that too often, the empha-
sis of American culture is on material
items and money, but technology
should not necessarily get swept into
"Who knows where (technological
advancement) will be in 20 or 30 years?"
Lamb asked. "The seed for the future is
established right here, with us."
LSA senior Andrew Wong Jr., sporting a coconut bra and lei, dances at the
Hawaiian Cultural Festival held yesterday.
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By Robert Hamilton
and Nika Schute
Daily Staff Reporters
More than 80 students from Noble
Elementary School in Detroit took
home miniature footballs to remind
them of the day they spent at the
University this past Friday.
The footballs were given out by Dean
of Students E. Royster Harper at an
event kicking off SERVE Week. The
event was organized by Students
Establishing Educational Dreams to
introduce children to the idea of higher
"We want them to open up their
eyes, explore and ask questions," said
RC senior Kevin Oberdorfer, a SEED
organizer. We want to "implant in
them as much as we can a commit-
ment, desire and drive to continue
During their day on campus, the ele-
mentary students were paired with
University student "buddies." Together
they explored the Internet, toured the
campus and ate lunch with student ath-
letes at the University.
Because they don't have a comput-
er lab in their school, the children
said their favorite part of the day was
using the computers to print pictures
of their favorite celebrities from
"I got to see the player of the month
for basketball and get an Usher (a
singer) picture," said fourth-grader
Jonathan Bares as he smiled and
showed the picture to his friends.
Other children said the best part of
the day was getting to know their new
"I'm having fun hanging around my
buddy," said fourth-grader Julia Martin.
Martin said that after her visit, she
was definitely interested in coming to
college. "It would be fun and educa-
tional," she said.
SEED founder Sara Saylor, an
Education junior, said she knew at an
early age that college would be an
option for her future. She developed
SEED as a way "to provide (other) chil-
dren with just as much opportunity to
build their options."
While the children were learning
about college life, the buddies said they
were learning from the children as well.
"Showing our school has made me
appreciate it more," said LSA first-year
student Becky Kinney. "I got to see it
through their eyes."
Buddies also said they felt the day
was a great way to get involved and
serve the community.
One buddy, Engineering first-year
student Kevin Conway, said he did a
lot of volunteer work in high school
and wanted to participate in a service
activity on campus to feel more
involved at the University.
"When I do stuff like this I feel more
a part of" the University, Conway said.
Although the visit was a feature
event of SERVE Week, Saylor said she
hopes to expand the project in the
"My hope is to make it a program to
bring schools in throughout the year."
SEED will wrap up SERVE Week this
Friday by bringing students from Hally
Middle School in Detroit to the
University. Students interested in being a
buddy should contact SEED at
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