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The Michigan Daily - Monday, April 6, 1998 -- 3A

AMPUS
Bollinger and
Cantor to hold
town meeting
University President Lee Bollinger
and Provost Nancy Cantor are sched-
led to hold two town meetings with
students today and tomorrow.
"The idea came from the fact that the
president and the provost were really
eager to reach out to the students and
have a conversation with them," said
Pamela Horn, assistant associate provost
for academic and multicultural affairs.
During the one-hour meetings, sched-
uled for today at 4 p.m. at the Chrysler
Center and tomorrow in Angell Hall
Auditorium B at 4:30 p.m., the adminis-
tors will speak briefly about the pre-
vious academic year and then open the
floor to students, Horn said.
"The goal is for both the president
and the provost to hear from the stu-
dents ... their praises about the
University and what their concerns
might be," Horn said.
The administrators hope to reach as
many students as possible, which is
why they are holding two meetings in
ifferent locations. The town meetings
were advertised through e-mail and
fliers.
"We've asked that student leaders
bring along those who they are mentor-
ing," Horn said.
She said the administrators hope this
will increase communication on cam-
pus.
"It won't be able to happen every
day, but we hope this will be something
at can happen several times a year,"
orn said.
Adams to give
Apple lecture
As the recipient of the Golden Apple
Award for outstanding undergraduate
teaching, economics Prof. Jim Adams
will deliver his ideal last lecture
tonight.
The award ceremony is scheduled to
take place at 7:30 p.m. tonight at
Rackham Auditorium. University
President Lee Bollinger will give the
opening address before Adams delivers
his lecture.
The Golden Apple is an award that
allows students to choose their favorite
professor. Students submitted nomina-
tions by e-mail or ballot to determine
the winner of the event, sponsored by
Wtudents Honoring Outstanding
University Teaching, a division of
Hillel. Quantity and quality of nomi-
nations were considered in the commit-
tee's selection of a candidate.
Adams graduated from Harvard
University in 1969 and taught there for
one year. He joined the University in
1974. He has previously been awarded
the Thurnau Professorship in 1991
from the University.
0 The award was established eight
years ago and includes a $1,000 prize.
Student program
seeking volunteers
The Welcome to Michigan Program,
which helped organize more than 250
activities for incoming students this past
fall, is now accepting volunteers for next
fall.
The program, which was started five
years ago. begins on Sept.] when new
students move in to residence halls and
continues until Sept. 7. Campus organi-

zations interested in participating in the
event must complete an form by April
10.
Students interested in becoming
involved with the program should con-
tact Jennifer Cross at 764-6413 or by e-
mail at welcome@umich.edu.
Poet-in-residence
scheduled to read
Michael Dennis Browne, the
University's College of Engineering
poet-in-residence, will be interacting
with students and discussing and
reading from his works from April 8-
9. Browne is the author of several
books.
For more on Browne's schedule of
*events, contact 647-7037.
- Compiled by Daily Staff
Reporters Melanie Sampson.

Asian Pacific
Americans celebrate
cultural identity

ADRIANA YUGOVICH/Daily
Thousands celebrate Ann Arbor's annual Hash Bash on the Diag this past Saturday. The event drew close to 5,000 people
from across the country.
27th annual Hash Bash
draws 5,000 to the Dia

By Rachel Edelman
and Susan T. Port
Daily Staff Reporters
In what was one of the most eventful
and significant weekends for the cam-
pus' Asian Pacific American communi-
ty this academic year, students and fac-
ulty explored their cultural identities
this past weekend at a Midwestern
regional conference and Generation
APA cultural show.
More than 550 students from across
the Midwest gathered in Ann Arbor to
discuss prominent issues affecting the
Asian Pacific American community
and to take part in the ninth annual
Midwestern Asian American Student
Union Spring Conference.
The theme of this year's conference
was "Destination APA," which encour-
aged Asian Pacific Americans to dis-
cover their own paths in life.
"You choose your destination. It can
be whatever you want it to be," said
Emily Hu, MAASU spring conference
social co-chair. "Hopefully, at this con-
ference we've given them these
roadmaps. ... Whatever they want to
do, they can do."
Generation APA, the largest student-
run cultural show in the country, drew
more than 1,500 people to the
Michigan Theater on Saturday night.
The conference featured a wide array
of speakers from across the country,
including keynote speaker Eric Liu, a
commentator and columnist for MSNBC
and speechwriter for President Clinton.
Liu, a Harvard law student, gave the
address at Friday's APA banquet.
Liu discussed Asian-American identity
in the United States, and urged the audi-
ence to "ask what it is that we're trying to
do when we create an Asian identity."
"Asian Americans really need to stake
a full claim as full Americans. ... Asian
American identity is still something that
is very much a work in progress."
The MAASU spring conference
drew about 250 students from other
colleges and universities to the
University's campus for the weekend.
"Any time you can bring a group of
people together with inherent com-
monalities is a tremendous opportuni-
ty," said Ball State University senior
Peter Chen.
The conference also featured more
than 20 workshops that focused on a
variety of issues of concern to the APA
community, including leadership,
activism and religion.
One of the most popular workshops,
"Primary Colors," dealt with how APAs
fit into the black and white race para-
digm. It was facilitated by Lui and David
Chai, spokesperson for President
Clinton's Initiative on Race Relations
Committee.
"The seminars epitomize what we
have to struggle for and what we have
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to achieve," said LSA sophomore
Ankim Shah, president of the Indian
American Student Association. "You
gain a sense of pride, a sense of unity."
Social activities included a carnival
in the Michigan Union on Friday night,
which featured games and activities by
more than 15 APA groups.
"The entire APA community came
out to educate and entertain," said LSA
senior Andrew Wong, the MAASU
spring conference co-chair. "It was a
great mix of people."
Ann Arbor City Council membet
David Kwan issued a Mayor's
Proclamation recognizing April as APA
Heritage Month in Ann Arbor.
The conference began with a welcome
address by University President Le
Bollinger and Dean of Students E.
Royster Harper, along with a flag proces
sion involving representitives from vari
ous universities across the country.
Many students said that the confer-
ence was an opportunity to network and
meet new friends.
Engineering senior Rudhir Patel said
the weekend was a chance to "build this
network of Asian American friends
across the Midwest."
The Generation APA show, hosted by
the United Asian American
Organizations, was intended to increase
APA pride, unity and cultural aware
ness and coincided with the conference;
"Instead of viewing the APA commu
nity as separate cultures, it shows us as
united Asian community," Generation
APA co-chair Heh Shin Kwak said.
The show incorporated traditional ani
modern elements and included a variety
of skits, dances and historical imagery..
The acts included a step dance by
Lambda Phi Epsilon, an Asian
American fraternity, a Taiwanese foll-
tale skit and a traditional Filipino
courtship dance to a modern hip-hop
song. More than 300 students worked
to put the show together.
The audience responded to the
dances with loud cheers and displays of
enthusiasm.
The acts showcased different cu-
tures, with students wearing authenti
costumes depicting the specific time
periods.
LSA senior Khoa Nguyen, who coor-
dinated the Vietnamese Student
Association in one of the acts, said he
based the group's performance on A
Vietnamese folktale that takes place in
central Vietnam during the 18th Century.
LSA senior Jeanah Hong, a pei-
former in the Korean Students
Association's traditional court dancq,
said the show was an opportunity to
learn about her heritage.
"I am a graduating senior and I reat-
ly wanted to learn the traditionjl
dance," Hong said. "It lets me keep i
touch with my culture."
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By Erin Holmes
and Jason Stoffer
Daily Staff Reporters
David Almquist and his wife traveled
from Colorado to sell chocolate chip
and oatmeal-raisin cookies on the Diag
this past Saturday.
These unique cookies contained only
a dash of hemp, but captured the spirit
of the 27th annual Hash Bash.
Smoke filled the air on the Diag as
hemp advocates addressed a passionate
but peaceful 5,000-person crowd that
congiegated on the Diag and spilled
into the streets of Ann Arbor.
The favorable weather attracted nearly
twice as many people as last year's event,
with the majority of participants travel-
ing from out of town to attend the rally.
"It's a change of scenery," said LSA
sophomore Katrina Silwka. "Even
though I live in Ann Arbor, it feels like
I'm visiting."
From students to aging '60s activists,
participants smoked pot freely. But
local police officers made just 44
arrests for marijuana possession at this
year's event.
"This should happen more often, like
365 times a year," a man said as he
inhaled marijuana at a post-rally party
held at Dominick's. "At least let's
smoke on George Washington's birth-
day."
Another participant dressed in a
giant water bong he constructed out
of a large cardboard tube. His silver-
and-white-striped face peered out
from the hole in the middle as he
stuck grass from the Diag in the pipe
and tried to convince others weed was
"cool."
"I'm stoned," the man dressed in a
bong costume said. "Hash Bash shows
people that it's good to smoke."
Police officers surrounding the Diag
received jeers from the crowd when
they made an arrest, but the law
enforcement's presence did little to stop
members of the crowd from passing
bongs and getting high.
"This is freedom of speech," said an
Ann Arbor resident known as Eagle

Man, who stood on a cement bench
wearing American flag pants and a
matching hat. "I do just what my name
says.
"I stand above the crowd and watch.
People gettin' busted for this is inhu-
man," he said.
Not everyone on the Diag was there
to get high. Some students said they
saw Hash Bash as an opportunity to
promote human unity.
Rackham student Jesus De La Maria
stood sober in the 'niddle of the Diag,
clutching a copy of a John Milton book
and reading poems to a small crowd.
"The people here have no facades,
they pretty much understand (life) is all
about the human connection ... the
proximity of one human mind to anoth-
er." Maria said.
Paul DeRienzo, editor in chief of
High Times magazine, urged partici-
pants not to allow police officers to
invade their rights to privacy by
searching their cars as they left the
event.
"The cops (may) pull you over for
the 'proverbial broken tail light,"'
DeRienzo said. "If they ask you to
search your car, as Nancy Reagan
said, 'just say no."'
The Diag crowd, after hearing
DeRienzo's pun, broke out into
applause.
Marvin Marvin, a nationally
renowned hemp activist said, "it's
insane for the governement to have a
war against the most valuable plant on
the planet."
An Ann Arbor man who called him-
self Snowball sat on the corner of North
University Avenue and State Street to
watch what he called his favorite day of
the year.
Wearing a multicolored robe,
Snowball pulled out two joints, which
he purchased with money he had
solicited from Hash Bashers.
"The Hash Bash used to be an ille-
gal scene," Snowball said as he
pointed at the tents at the corner of
North University Avenue and State
Street. But the Hash Bash "is no

"It's insane for
the government
to have a war
against the most
valuable plant on
the plane tE"
- Marvin Marvin
Hemp activist
longer about the people - it's com-
mercialism."
The bash attracted visiting mer-
chants, who pushed everything from
handcrafted drug paraphernalia to Hash
Park T-shirts, which feature characters
from the television comedy "South
Park."
While the crowds were smoking in
the streets, bands and comedians per-
formed at the Michigan League
Underground on Saturday at "Keep off
the Grass," an event sponsored by the
University and community groups to
provide a healthy alternative to Hash
Bash.
The event only attracted 100-200
people, but coordinators called it a suc-
cess.
"One of the things we're hearing from
young people is, 'You don't want us to do
drugs. What else is there for us to do?',"
said event coordinator Jamie Atkins, an
Ann Arbor police officer and Drug
Abuse Resistance and Education pro-
gram teacher. "This is an event, if I was
their age, that I would want to attend."

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GROUP MEETINGS
U Conservative Minyan, 769-0500,
Hillel, 1429 Hill St., 8 p.m.
0 LSA-SG: Joint Activities Committee,
647-8636, Michigan Union, Fourth
floor conference room, 5 p.m.
" Students for Choice, Modern

C o n t a c t
http://www.umich.edu/-gradin-
fo/
J "Student Panel Dialogue on Media
Stereotypes," Sponsored by
American-Arab Anti-Discrimination
Committee, Michigan Union, Pond
Room, 7 p.m.
J "The 16th Alexander Eckstein

INFO, info@umich.edu, and
www.umich.edu/-info on the
World Wide Web
L LSA Academic Advising Center, 936-
3220, Angell Hall, Room 1255.
Q Northwalk, 763-WALK, Bursley
Lobby, 8 p.m.- 1:30 a.m.
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