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S. African educator to give address

Honorary degree

Mamphela Ramphele to give
Spring Commencement address
and receive honorary degree
By Jennifer Yachnin
Daily Staff' Reporter
Mamphela Ramphele, vice chancellor of the
University of Cape Town in South Africa, will
deliver the keynote speech May 2 at the under-
graduate Spring Commencement, University
officials announced yesterday.
"She's a person who has had a lot of experi-
ence and gone through a lot of things fighting
partheid," Education professor emeritus Charles
oody said. "The students and faculty are very
honored to have a chance to see her."
Ramphele, who is one of four people nominat-
ed to receive honorary degrees during spring
commencement exercises, will receive an hon-
orary doctor of laws degree from the University.
All four degrees must be approved by the

University Board of Regents at its April 21 meet-
The other nominees include Mary Lowe
Good, a former Louisiana State University
chemistry professor and former chair of the
National Science Board; Edward Said, chair of
the doctoral program in comparative literature
at Columbia University; and University alum-
nus Richard Ford, a novelist and short story
writer who will be the keynote speaker at the
Rackham commencement in Hill Auditorium
May 1.
Ramphele was named to her present post in
1996, becoming the first black woman to head a
South African university. She is also a social
anthropologist and physician.
Ramphele has been an outspoken leader in
pre- and post-apartheid effort to create more
democratic and racially representative educa-
tional institutions in South Africa.
"She is a courageous and outspoken leader in
efforts to create more democratic and racially

representative institutions in South Africa," said
Associate Vice President for University Relations
Lisa Baker. "We are very excited that she will be
able to join us for commencement."
Many students said they were surprised by the
selection of Ramphele as keynote speaker.
LSA senior Mark Berquist said he hoped to be
able to recognize the speaker's name.
"I'm a little disappointed," Berquist said. "It
seems like the past couple of commencement
speakers haven't been that well-known."
Berquist said he does not think Clinton's
visit, which commemorates the end of the
University's 1997-98 Year of Humanities and
Arts, will overshadow the Spring
Commenco.mcnt ceremonies.
"I can't imagine it overshadowing commence-
ment entirely because commencement is such a
big deal," Berquist said. "It would just be a little
more memorable for students ... if they could say
it to somebody on the street" and have the speak-
er's name recognized.

Shortly after Clinton's visit to the University
was announced, some students speculated she
might also give the Spring Commencement
address, said LSA senior Steven McKinely.
"I know when a lot of people heard Hillary was
coming out, then maybe she'll speak at gradua-
tion," McKinely said.
McKinely said that while he has not heard of
Ramphele, he is sure that she is well-qualified to
speak at graduation.
"It's nice to know that she is internationally
renown," McKinely said.
LSA senior Jon Black said that having David
Satcher, the surgeon general of the United
States, speak at the School of Public Health
commencement on May I at Rackham
Auditorium will not detract from the main
commencement ceremony.
"Commencement is supposed to be the big
deal," Black said. "I'm looking forward to see-

Ford Good

ing who

this woman is and what she has to

Ramphele Said


Seniors to get
priority for
Clinton tickets

Tickets to first lady's
speech will be made
available April 22
By Jennifer Yachnin
Daily Staff Reporter
Tickets for First Lady Hillary
Rodham Clinton's speech commem-
orating the end of the University's
1997-98 Year of Humanities and
Arts will be available beginning
April 22.
The tickets will be available to
University community members
from April 22-24.
University seniors will be given
first priority and tickets will be dis-
tributed beginning April 22.
"Seniors are leaving campus and
this would be a nice event for them
to attend," said Kim Clark, assistant
to the vice president for University
Clinton is scheduled to speak at 2
p.m. April 28 at Hill Auditorium.
Admission to the speech is free, but
attendees must obtain tickets.
Clark said that about 2,000 tick-
ets will be set aside for University

"We expect there will be a lot of
interest, but it's also finals week,"
Clark said.
All students will be able to
reserve tickets April 23.
Faculty and staff tickets will be
available beginning Friday, April
Students, staff and faculty are
limited to one ticket per person, and
University identification is required
to receive tickets.
Tickets will be available to the
general public as of April 25 and
limited to four tickets per person.
The general public may reserve
tickets by phone. Students, faculty
and staff will be able to procure
excess tickets after April 25.
The MUBO will be open 9 a.m. to
5 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. to noon
on Saturdays,
No plan has been outlined should
student demand for tickets exceed
the amount set aside, Clark said.
"We're going to play it by ear in
that respect," Clark said.
Remaining tickets will be made
available at the Hill Auditorium Box
Office beginning at 10 a.m. the
morning of the speech.

Joseph Zeftawi, a worker for EMD Construction, tears down the United States Post Office yesterday. The office had been located in Nickel's Arcade for 80 years.

NCAA adjusts
wrestling rules

By Katie Piona
Daily Staff Reporter
Less than six months after the deaths
of Michigan wrestler Jefferey Reese
and two other collegiate wrestlers,
members of two NCAA committees
presented yesterday official recommen-
dations to improve the safety of colle-
giate wrestling.
Most of the six recommendations
eaffirm ones enforced by the NCAA in
Unuary. They also mirror changes -
including the banning of rubber suits,
self-induced vomiting and the use of
laxatives - made to the Michigan
wrestling program several months ago.
One of the changes includes adjust-
ments to the sport's 10 weight classes.
NCAA officials said they were made
to reflect the current pool of high
school seniors entering collegiate
restling, as opposed to wrestlers
itering the sport when the classes
were originally set.
"We've already had three deaths in this
sport and we're trying to prevent them as
best we can and certainly people have to
be aware that when they try to subvert
mlec anAti tr t do thinc to rni n n-

committees for approval in the coming
months. For the recommendations to be
mandated at the University and other
institutions, the divisions' championship
committees will have to approve the
The report was presented by the
NCAA's Wrestling Rules Committee and
the organization's competitive safeguards
"I'm very happy with everything that
was done," said Michigan wrestling
coach Dale Bahr. "Everything that was
suggested by the Big Ten and the
University to the NCAA was imple-
mented, and in some cases, it was taken
even further."
The recommendations come at the
end of a school year marked by tragedy
at the University and throughout the
college wrestling world.
Reese, a Kinesiology junior, died
Dec. 9 after working out in excess to
shed pounds to qualify for a lower
weight class.
Reese was using a sauna and wearing
a rubber suit for an extended time peri-
od shortly before he collapsed.
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sue 'U' for
denial of
By William Nash
Daily Staff Reporter
The University has maintained a
strong commitment to diversity
despite two lawsuits that target affir-
mative action in the admissions poli-
cies of the College of Literature,
Science and Arts and the Law School.
But two less-publicized lawsuits
claim the University may not be prac-
ticing what it preaches.
Business Assistant Prof. Ojelanki
Ngwenyama and film and video stud-
ies assistant Prof. N. Frank Ukadike
both filed lawsuits against the
University alleging they were denied
tenure because they are black.
Ukadike filed the most recent lawsuit
on March 18 against the University,
English Prof. Gaylyn Studlar and
Sharon Patton, director of the Center
for Afro-American and African Studies.
Studlar declined to comment, and

salary Uke
From staff and wire reports
Riding the wave of the Michigan foot-
ball team's first National Championship
title in 50 years, head football coach
Lloyd Carr is in negotiations with
Athletic Director Tom Goss about a new
C'arr's current contract pays him a
base salary of $250,000 per year through
the year 2000. Goss said Carr's contract
will reward his dedication.
"Lloyd will get a contract that really
reflects his love for the University and
our love for him," Goss said. "Until we
finalize everything, I really don't have
any ngore details to share."
Michigan quarterback Jason
Kapsner, said the successful season
warrants an increase in salary.
"I feel that he deserves to be paid with
the top coaches in the country," Kapsner
said. Goss said that he doesn't like the
current system which uses rollover
reviews, which are a series of one-year
contracts, and incentive packages.
The new contract will probably not
pay Carr the highest salary in the Big

Film and video studies and Center of Afroamerican and African Studies Assistant
Prof. N. Frank Ukadike is suing the University because he was denied tenure.


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