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expects to visit extended family in
New York over the break.
He mentioned a widely celebrated
November holiday in England called
Guy Faux Day occurring on Nov. 5.
Broadbridge, also an England
native, said people in his homeland
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Your Rights" Party Poster listing the
rights students have when hosting a party.
University Chief Financial Officer
Robert Kasdin also addressed the
assembly last night about several
issues, including tobacco stock divest-
Kasdin said the issue involves
acknowledging that the University is
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celebrate the death of Guy Faux who
was affiliated with the Roman
Catholic church and almost succeeded
in blowing up Parliament in 1605.
"It's a crazy festival," Broadbridge
In England, people set off fireworks
and burn bonfires in celebration. It's
not anything like Thanksgiving, he
advocacy group.
"We're here to expand and dissemi-
nate knowledge," Kasdin said. "What
we have at stake is nothing more than
our academic freedom."
Tobacco investments make up only a
fraction of the University's portfolio,
Kasdin said, and divestment would not
negatively affect investment returns.
But divestment would not necessarily
impact tobacco corporations either, he
Kasdin said the University's next step
will be to access the local community
opinion on divestment.
"We want to know there are sus-
tained and widespread and deeply held
views on this issue," Kasdin said.

Continued from Page 1
Mississippi," UAB associate Prof.
Virginia Smith said.
Smith, who was appointed director of
African American Studies at UAB in
1994, said that year she and a nine-mem-
ber committee began investigating the
possibility of offering a degree in
African American studies, which had to
first be approved by the two schools that
fund the program.
"It was stalled two years at this level,"
Smith said. "It passed approval of the
Undergraduate Council last June, and
the Faculty Senate in August. Now it has
gone to the Board of Trustees, and after
that, it will have to be approved by the
Alabama Commission on Higher
Many are left confused, asking why
the process is taking so long. "The state
is rooted in tradition," Smith said. "It is
hard to change ideas. Ironically, a major
in Asian Studies was passed in a year's
time with no opposition."
Student demand and the influence of
newly elected Democratic Gov. Don
Siegelman, Smith said, prompted UAB
to consider an African American studies
major. Political climate was also a factor
in the University of Michigan's decision
to establish a program.
The University's Center for
Afroamerican and African Studies
department was a result of African
American students' demand for the pro-
gram in the late '60s, which led to its
establishment in 1970.
"The whole effort behind African
American studies is to bring a greater
understanding to all people about
African Americans," said University the-
ater and drama Prof. OyamO, who
teaches a black theater course that
includes black history.
"It's really American studies,"
OyamO said. "African American people
and experiences have been left out of
He said important student movements
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campuses across the nation "to institute
what they called black studies pro-
He said Alabama and other states in
the South have to get rid of their narrow
view of African Americans, and imple-
menting these majors at colleges is a
good start.
"The South has been behind because
they have been unwilling to let go of
their perception of black people as
slaves," OyamO said. "Some try to
maintain that perception even to this day.
But African American studies obviously
proves that to be wrong - it shatters the
mythological perception of the South."
Greene County, home of UAB, is one
of the poorest counties in the nation, but
it was key in voting the previous conser-
vative governor out of office, "who did
not value education," Smith said. "That
is the kind of mentality that has kept the
African American studies major from
being valued. With its passage, it
promises hope for the future of Alabama
that it can move into the 21st Century."
Ohio State University Prof. William
Nelson, who teaches African American
studies and political science, agreed
Alabama's conservative political climate
has kept it "behind the times" and "is
finally beginning to catch up."
Smith said more than 200 colleges
nationwide offer degrees in African
American studies, but very few of the
schools are in the South. Nine of the 11
schools in the Big Ten offer an under-
graduate degree in the program.
"Alabama has been slow to recognize
the need to examine the black history ...
that has been ignored in the state,"
Nelson said. "They will finally be able to
provide realistic information in the state
instead of the distorted information they
have provided in the past."
Like many southern schools, Florida
State University offers a minor, but not a
major in African American studies.
Phyllis Walker, interim director of the
black studies program at FSU, said she
hopes her school will have an African
American studies major in the future.
"It's almost always political and eco-
nomical," Walker said of UAB's thrust
for the program, but she also acknowl-
edged student demand as motivation.
"There would probably have to be a
big push by the students," she said.
"There's more complacency now with
'We've integrated the universities,' but
with the threat of losing affirmative
action programs, the motivation has
She said many protests in the late '60s
led to a "big push for students" who
wanted African American studies pro-
grams available on their campuses.
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T-shirt - I asked the clerk if he had
any suggestions for Thanksgiving
"Aw, who cares, man?" he said.
"You're in Maui, right?"
At the time, I merely smiled and
said "Mahalo" - Hawaiian for
"Thank you" - but as I left, I start-
ed to get a tiny bit worried.
Now, I'm as much a fan of
macadamia nuts and papaya juice as
the next guy - though probably not
as much as the next girl - but at
some point, you have to draw the
line. Like, dinnertime on Thursday.
The rest of the world, no doubt,
will be stuffing itself with turkey
and pumpkin pie and the like - and
I'll be eating my 74th pineapple of
the week. And you can only eat so
much pineapple.
Now, if the waitresses are wearing
those grass hula skirts, it's another
thing entirely. I suppose I'll manage

to deal with the pineapple.
- Jim Rose can be reached via e-
mail at jwrose@umich.edu.

Corporate earnings
see record drop.
WASHINGTON - The government
reported the worst drop in corporate
profits in nearly nine years yesterday,
even as stock prices hovered near record
Economists predict earnings could fall
again next year and say they fear the
market is vulnerable to another down-
turn, perhaps worse than the Dow's 19
percent plummet between July 17 and
Aug. 31.
So why did the Dow Jones industrial
average begin the week by shooting to a
record high?
Many attribute the market's startlingly
swift recovery since early October to a
shortsighted focus on recent interest-rate
cuts and on a spate of corporate mergers,
including yesterday's announcement that
America Online will buy Netscape for
$4.2 billion.
"Investors have overdone it. They
were overly pessimistic a few weeks ago
and they're overly optimistic today," said
economist Mark Zandi of Regional

Censure option introduced into House
WASHINGTON - A Democratic member of the House r ti
Judiciary Committee said yesterday that he intends to offer his
colleagues an alternative to impeachment that would strongly
condemn President Clinton for his conduct but not impose any
sanctions against him.
While the notion of censure has been discussed generally for
months, Massachusetts Rep. William Delahunt is the first law-
maker to offer a way out of the current controversy short of
removing Clinton from office.
"We are trying in the most constructive sense to get a ball
rolling on this," said Steve Schwadron, Delahunt's press secre- Clinton
tary. "It will either roll or it won't."
Delahunt's proposal is unlikely to alter the outcome in the committee, whose
hard-line Republican majority is expected to approve articles of impeachment in
the coming weeks. At the helm of the process is Judiciary Chairperson Henry Hyde
(R-Il1.) who says the panel's role is to impeach or not impeach.
"Most Republican members have publicly rejected the idea of censure eit
because it is not constitutionally proscribed or because it would be a bad preced
given the seriousness of the allegations," a GOP committee aide noted.

Financial Associates in West Chester, Pa.
"There's no reason to believe investor
psychology won't switch back the other
way at some point next year,"Zandi said.
NAFTA may limit
U.S. sprout farmers
SANTA CRUZ, Calif. - Pity the
poor brussels sprout. The mini-cabbages
smell bad, they're almost always over-
cooked and kids hate them. Now, the lit-
tle vegetable has emerged as one of the
losers under NAFTA.
Along California's central coast,
where 93 percent of the nation's brussels
sprouts are groxtn, the North American
Free Trade Agreement gould spell t5
end of a tight-knit group of second-ani
third generation farmers.
Five years ago, before NAFTA, most
brussels sprouts served on American
tables were grown in foggy, oceanside
fields in San Mateo, Santa Cruzand
Monterey counties. Since the tade
agreement between Canada, Mexico
and the United States, an increasing
number come from Mexico.


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German arliament
meets i Terlin
BERLIN - German Chancellor
Gerhard Schroeder yesterday convened
the first Cabinet meeting here since
Adolf Hitler was in power, symbolizing
his impatience over the stalled move of
the capital from Bonn, where the new
chancellor still works in the shadow of
Helmut Kohl.
Schroeder, who succeeded Kohl only
four weeks ago, has repeatedly pushed
the army of builders and planners at
work refitting this city to speed up con-
struction of the new government quar-
ters along the Spree River.
The chancellor is Germany's first
leader with no personal memories of
World War II and the Nazi horrors, and
he has made it clear he wants to govern
a reunified state that has moved beyond
a "postwar era" to a time defined by
prosperity and peace.
But Schroeder's eagerness to put his
stamp on the country has already
undercut his assurances to Western
allies that the new leftist leadership will
maintain continuity in its relations with

other countries.
Although the entire Cabinet traveled
to Berlin for yesterday's meeting, it
couldn't escape mounting criticism in
Bonn and Washington over Foreif
Minister Joschka Fischer's suggestio
that NATO renounce its claimed right
to "first-strike" use of nuclear
Russian democratic
leader buried
slain democracy pioneer Gali
Starovoitova was buried yesterday in a
grand and somber funeral, as Russia's
embattled reformers spoke emotionally
of how their achievements - and their
own lives - now seem in grave danger.
"They're killing our friends. They're
killing our comrades," Anatoly
Chubais, a leader of the reform move-
ment who was ousted from government
this summer, said in a eulogy, his voice
rising in anger. "They want to frighten
us. But they won't succeed."
- Compiled from Daily wire reports.

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