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The Michigan Daily - Monday, October 5, 1998 - 3A

Bollnger to
serve on
national panel
University President Lee Bollinger is
scheduled to participate in a national
ress conference Tuesday in
Washington D.C. The results of a
national poll on the country's attitudes
toward diversity in higher education are
scheduled to be released during the
UMTV, Channel 12, and its Website
at http.//wwwitdumich.edu/umtv will
broadcast the conference live at 10 a.m.
The poll was conducted by the Ford
Foundation Campus Diversity
nitiative in conjunction with the
facial Legacies and Learning Project
of the Association of American
Colleges and Universities.
Students to mix
with community
The School of Public Heath plans
I sponsor the 5th Annual
Community Service-Learning Fair
today. Students from all heath pro-
fessions at the University are invited
to participate.
Forty community-based organiza-
tions will be at the fair to meet with
faculty and staff. Community service
and learning opportunities are available
to all students who attend.
Keynote speaker Lana Pollack, pres-
*dent of Michigan Environmental
Council, will begin the fair at 3 p.m. in
the auditorium of the Henry Vaughn
Building at the School of Public Heath
I building. ,
The fair will take place following
Pollack's address on the third floor of
the School of Public Heath I building.
'U'prof. to speak
on property
Katherine Verdery, newly appointed
professor to the Eric R. Wolf collegiate
professorship in anthropology, is
scheduled to give a lecture titled "The
Political Life of a Dead Body: Re-
burying Transylvanian Bishop
Inochentie Micu."
* Verdery plans to discuss the compe-
tition among churches for property.
The presentation is scheduled to
take place Monday, Oct. 12 at 4:10
p.m. in Rackham Amphitheater. A
reception will follow in the
Rackham Assembly Hall. Both the
lecture and the reception are open to
the public.
diabitat for
Humanity seeking
student volunteers
Habitat for Humanity is encouraging
students in the residence hall students
to give up a meal for charity.
For each student who gives up their
dinner on Nov. 5, the organization will
donate a designated amount of money
to a University-sponsored Habitat for
{umanity house.
Students can register to partici-
pate in the meal sacrifice by provid-

ing their name, e-mail address and
student identification number to
.volunteers who will be working at
tables outside residence hall cafete-
For more information, see Habitat
for Humanity's Website at:
UMEC to sponsor
rubber duck race
to benefit charity
The University of Michigan's
Engineering Council is planning to
hold a faculty and student picnic at 1
.m. tomorrow near the North Campus
deflecting pool.
At the event, UMEC also will
sponsor a rubber duck race.
Students may adopt one of the 500
ducks for $1.
Winners will receive prizes from
the Michigan Union Bookstore.
The proceeds from the event will
benefit charity.
- Compiled for the Daily by Lauren

agree to
trial date
Klan protesters
question motives for
counter-rally arrest
By Karn Chopra
For the Daily
Five of the 21 people arrested
for protesting a Ku Klux Klan
rally on the steps of the Ann Arbor
City Hall this past May agreed to
go to trial at a pre-trial this past
The five defendants - Thomas
Doxey Jr., Philip Vandevoorde,
Zachary Thomas, Robin Alvarez
and Michael Faqua - reported to
the Washtenaw County
Courthouse on Friday for a pre-
In brief proceedings, District
Judge Kurtis Wilder set trial dates
for next year between March and
July for each defendant.
Following the KKK rally in May,
nine protesters were charged with the
felony of rioting, punishable by up to
10 years in prison.
One woman, charged with the
felony of inciting to riot faces the
same penalty. Jessica Curtin, a
Rackham student, was the only
student arrested.
The remaining 12 individuals
were charged with misdemeanors,
10 for malicious destruction of
property valued at less than $100,
and two for assault and battery.
Luke Massie, one of the defen-
dants, set up a modest picket line in
front of the courthouse before the
The defendants are seeking sig-
natures of support on a petition,
which asks for all charges to be
dropped. Nearly 7,000 people
have signed it, including
Democratic gubernatorial candi-
date Geoffrey Fieger.
Massie said everyone charged is
innocent, and they are being used
as puppets in the city's political
"We make no apologies for
what happened that day," Massie

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Diana Wood and her son Tommy Doxey wait outside the Washtenaw County
Courtroom on Friday for his hearing on charges of rioting against a KKK rally in
Ann Arbor this past summer.

said. "It is outrageous in the con-
text of that kind of (incident at
Kalamazoo College) - so close
to home - that the city spent
137,000 dollars to defend the
KKK and to witch hunt the anti-
racist. This is a political case,
and we are being used as scape-
goats by the city."
Ann Arbor Mayor Ingrid Sheldon
said the city is not acting out of
political vengeance.
"We as a city said we would be
against violence. That was a very
clear warning," Sheldon said.
"The city is not acting in a con-
"We have people (who) have
been arrested for breaking the law
... We can't abide breaking the
law," she said.
Two years ago, the KKK also
held a rally in Ann Arbor, where
arrests were made. Russ Stewart,
arrested after the 1996 rally, attend-
ed the hearing on Friday to support
the defendants. He supported
Massie's views on the city and the
"The cases are no different than
mine; these are all made-up
charges," Stewart said.
"If you give a hate-group royal
treatment, you are going to have to
cover it up."
Vandevoorde said his life com-
pletely changed aflter the rally this
past summer, but he does not regret
attending it because his actions

were not illegal.
"I have to think about it everday.
I am facing 10 years in jail, and
that scares me to death. I am
young, and they are trying to
make examples of us by ruining
our lives," Vandevoorde said.
Protesting the event, he said,
actually may have fed the KKK's
hatred and gave the rally unneeded
"I know that you can't protest
hate with hate," Vandevoorde said.
Robin Alvarez, an Ann Arbor
resident for almost 20 years, said
the city government specifically
targeted her because they thought
she was a political leader.
She went to the rally to make
her opinions public.
"This is the only chance I will get
to tell them my feelings on the
recruitment in Ann Arbor. I don't
want my children affiliated with this
group. I have a personal invested
interest," Alvarez said.
Alvarez's lawyer Miranda Massie
said she believes the defendants
will all be acquitted, and she said
the case will be an embarrassment
to the city.
Massie said one of the reasons
she took the case is her own
agreement with the protest,
claiming the government is solely
at fault.
"The crazed Republican govern-
ment is responsible for this witch
hunting," Massie said.

0 Bookstore employees
say Cliffs Notes are not
big sellers on campus
By DxielWeiss
For the Daily
Ask English professors what irritates
them most, and somewhere near the
top, among Websites distributing criti-
cal essays, would be the yellow-and-
black plot summaries known as Cliffs
English Prof. Michael Schoenfeldt is
among those whose dander is up.
Before giving a lecture on Chaucer last
week, Schoenfeldt reviewed common
forms of plagiarism, then turned his
attention to Cliffs Notes.
He told students to avoid them,
saying the University of Nebraska,
where some Cliffs Notes are written,
is not an authority like Oxford or
Cambridge universities.
When pressed by a student,
Schoenfeldt acknowledged he didn't
have the power to prohibit students
from reading Cliffs Notes. But later, he
said, "If I had that power, I probably
Prof. Tobin Siebers, chair of the
English department, said that as far
as he knows, there department has
no policy regarding the use of Cliffs
Siebers questioned why professors
would want to regulate the use of mate-
rials like Cliffs Notes, saying freedom
in the classroom is valuable.
According to the company's Website,
Cliffs Notes founder Clifton Hillegas
created the notes to increase literary
knowledge, not impede it.
Hillegas founded the company in
1958 when he was an employee of
the Nebraska Book Co., after learn-
ing of a successful outfit in Canada
called Coles Notes, which was sell-
ing literary guides similar to Cliffs
Local bookstore managers said that
despite their student clientel, they do
not sell many Cliffs Notes.

LSA first-year student Dana Perlman
scans over Cliffs Notes yesterday.
"It's not a big seller," said Dave
Richard, general manager at Ulrich's
Book Store.
John Battaglino, general manager
of the Michigan Union Bookstore.
said his bookstore neither promotes
Cliffs Notes, nor sells many of
"I've been at many institutions
where they've sold better,
Battaglino said.
Michigan Book & Supply and
Borders Books & Music also report
ed low Cliffs Notes sales. Shaman
Drum Bookshop, which primarily
sells books required for English
courses, doesn't even sell Cliffs
Some students acknowledged having
used Cliffs Notes in high school, but
few admit to using them in college.
"I get more out of reading the book
itself than I would reading the Cliffs
Notes' said LSA sophomore Chris
Elsworth, an English major.

Mimi-courses offer
students new classes,
alternative activities

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By Kathedne Hobruck
For the Daily
Ballroom dancing, holistic health
and bartending are just some of the sub-r
jects available to students this term
through the University Activities
Center's mini-courses.
UAC mini-courses coordinators

student budgets in mind, Shah said.
"Most of the instructors under-
stand that student face tight budgets
and agree to lower their rates so
money doesn't discourage students
from taking classes," Shah said.
Student reaction to the course offer-
ings tends to be positive.

Now if you don't know
the answers on the test,

you can

call someone who does.

added new
classes this
t e r m
training and
health to
the old
course are an

'Most of the popular
classes.. fill up fairly
- Tejas Shah
Mini-courses Coordinator

"I have a
friend who took
before. She
said it was
cool, said Sara
Bernal, an
While the
idea of mini-
courses may

attempt to target the portion of the stu-
dent body that desires to integrate stay-
ing fit into their hectic lifestyles,"mini-
courses Coordinator Tejas Shah said.
"Most of the popular classes - ball-
room dancing, pool, bartending - fill
up fairly quickly, while the newer ones
are harder to fill up,"said Shah, an LSA
As of this past Thursday, all classes
still had spots available. Anyone inter-
ested in the courses may register at the
Michigan Union Ticket Office until
Oct. 14.
The classes, which begin Oct. 19 and
run through Dec. 3, are all held in the
Michigan Union. Costs for the classes
range from $30 to $58 and are taught by
certified instructors with experience in
their fields.
The prices for the classes are set with

sound appealing, some students said
they don't have the time for the extra
two hours of class per week.
"I feel like I'm pretty busy now with
classes. If I had time, I would at least
check it out," said Sarah Mann, an LSA
first-year student.
Extra classes, even just for fun, do
not hold interest for everyone.
"It sounds kind of interesting, but I
wouldn't put it that high on my priority
list," said Matt Herman, an LSA first-
year student.
Next term, UAC plans to add swing
dancing, self defense and aerobics to
the mini-course curriculum. Shah pre-
dicts that swing dancing will be very
More information on mini-courses is
available at the UAC Website at

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