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October 29, 1998

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Gandhis
grandson
to speak
at 'U'
By Anma Ra..q
For the Daily
For 18 tumultuous months during
India's struggle for independence,
Arun Gandhi was at his grandfather's
side at the center of a revolutionary
movement of non-violence.
Tonight, he comes to campus to
care the message of his grandfather
ahatma Gandhi with the University
community.
The event, which is free, is sched-
uled to be held at Rackham
Auditorium at 7:30 p.m tonight.
Ann Arbor Police Chief Carl Ent
said that after the local Ku Klux Klan
rallies in 1996 and 1998, he won-
dered what could heal the communi-
ty, so he looked into bringing Arun
Gandhi to Ann Arbor.
Ent said he originally heard Arun
andhi speak in Muncie, Ind., about
six years ago.
"I was very moved," Ent said. "Our
hope is that (this event) will help tie
all the threads of our community
together in unity."
Arun Gandhi currently works with
the M.K. Gandhi Institute for Non-
Violence in Memphis, Tenn. He and
his wife, Sunanda Gandhi, founded
*e institute in 1991.
Arun Gandhi spoke to an audience
of about 400 people at Pioneer High
School on Tuesday evening. A 30-
minute Q&A session followed his
speech.
He related the struggles of growing
up in South Africa under the
apartheid system. He recalled being
beaten as a child because of racial
hatred.
"For the whites I was too black,
'ed for the blacks I was too white,"
Gandhi said. "Racism exists in every-
body, in every color."
When he was 12 years old, Arun
Gandhi's parents took him to live
with his grandfather in India to calm
some of the rage he felt under
apartheid.
He said one of the first lessons his
grandfather taught him was to con-
lhis anger. Mahatma Gandhi
vised him to keep an anger jour-
nal, he said.
"Anger is like electricity," he said.
"It is a very good source of energy
and very useful, but only if chan-
neled intelligently and respectfully."
Arun Gandhi has continued his
grandfather's legacy of non-violent
activism through work in India,
South Africa and the United States.
As part of his work, he once trav-
d to a remote town in South Africa
tan attempt to disarm a brutal gang
of terrorists. Immediately after their
workshop with him, the 71 members
of the gang went to the police station,
turned in their weapons and declared
that they were going to be non-vio-
lent activists.
"I realized that these people did-
n't know how to deal with their
anger, so they just blew up and got
*eper and deeper into violence," he
said, "Yet through simple dialogue
and respect, they were trans-
formed."
Arun Gandhi said it is crucial that
those who suffered oppression be

willing to forgive.
Forgiving the man who assassinat-
ed his grandfather was a difficult but
necessary step in moving on with his
own life, he said.
"As long as we are anchored to the
Ost, we can't move ahead," he said.
"We will only be wallowing in the
mud."
See GANDHI, Page 7A

I

Drinking
nailed after
tragedies

ANDI MAIO/Daily
Students wait in line for the chance to audition for the popular MTV shows "The Real World" and "Road Rules." The
shows held casting calls at the North Campus Diag yesterday.

By Erin Homes
and Susan t. Port
Daily Staff Reporters
In response to recent tragedies on
campuses nationwide, colleges and uni-
versities have beefed up alcohol aware-
ness programs, suspended fraternities
and formed task forces to examine stu-
dent drinking.
In some cases, they acted before
determining that alcohol was responsi-
ble for the incident, making alcohol a
popular scapegoat for collegiate
tragedies.
The crackdown on alcohol nation-
wide comes at a time when the University
is implementing its Binge Drinking
Committee for alcohol education and
investigating the death of LSA first-year
student Courtney Cantor, who fell from
her sixth-floor Mary Markley Residence
Hall window nearly two weeks ago.
Cantor was found to have a blood
alcohol level of 0.059. University
administrators said they are hesitant to
attribute her death to alcohol, but they
are using the opportunity to emphasize
alcohol awareness.
"What tragedies do is allow what
work has been done to try to reduce the
problems associated with alcohol to
come to the forefront:' Alcohol and
Other Drug Education Coordinator
Marsha Benz said.
But some students said they feel the
University is wrongly pointing the finger
at the presence of alcohol on campus.
"They're trying to crack down a lot
on alcohol" following Cantor's death.
Engineering first-year student Nate
Greenberg said. "But the main thing is
people have to take responsibility for
their actions."
Greenberg, who lives on the sixth
floor of Markley, said people are incor-
rectly blaming the residence hall win-
dows or people who served Cantor alco-
hol when it was Cantor's decision to
drink.
"Students have to choose the limit of
their drinking," Greenberg said, adding
that although some fraternities or sorori-
ties may encourage it, a student can
choose not to drink. "I had a friend who
depledged because he couldn't stand
(the pressure to drink) anymore"
Greenberg said it's not wrong to use
the opportunity to create alcohol aware-

"Any way they
can blame alcohol
they will."
- Lindsey Rahn
Michigan State University
sophomore
ness, but people cannot solely blame
alcohol for the incident. "There are just
too many excuses,"he said. "They're not
looking at the real issue"
LSA sophomore Brian Reich said
the University is being hypocritical
when it attempts to target drinking fol-
lowing such tragedies.
"It's completely unfair," Reich said.
"To vilify a frat who may have been
serving alcohol is just an easy target."
Reich added that the University
should attempt to create altematives -
including providing concerts and events
throughout the weekends and lowering the
prices of sporting event tickets to make it
easier for students to attend - to cut down
on drinking before it becomes a problem.
"Punishment after the tragedy" is not
the solution, Reich said.
In actions similar to the University's,
Michigan State University also is target-
ing alcohol education following a riot on
Munn Field last fall, which developed
from a peaceful protest.
MSU spokesperson Kristen Tetens
said students were upset because the uni-
versity banned alcohol during tailgating
parties on Munn Field before consulting
with students.
The peaceful protest turned into a
violent riot that gained national atten-
tion, Tetens said, prompting MSU to
develop the Alcohol Action Team. The
team proposed 33 recommendations to
the university last Friday to foster com-
munication between students and the
administration and to prevent binge
drinking. Tetens said some students at
the riot "had been drinking."
But MSU sophomore Lindsey Rahl,*
who took part in the protest and had not
been drinking, said the riot was not an
alcohol-motivated brawl.
"The first month after the riot there
was a huge police presence," Rahl said.
See ALCOHOL, Page 2A

I

WANT

MY
MTV
MTV interviews for
'The Real World,'
'Road Rules'

By Daniel Weiss
Daily Staff Writer
They were looking for a few good men and women. A
very few.
On the fifth stop of a 24-date tour, MTV unloaded its
Campus Invasion upon the University yesterday, bringing
with it casting officials looking for new stars for the TV
shows "The Real World" and "Road Rules."
About 400 students stood in drizzle, filling out forms
and waiting for their 60 seconds in front of the camera to
say their name, address and whatever else they thought
might make them seem especially interesting.
Caroline McCarty, casting associate for Bunim-Murray
Productions, which produces "The Real World" and "Road
Rules" for MTV, said the best way to get on the show was
to be yourself.
"There's no shoes to fill," she said.
Wade Penhorwood, an LSA first-year student, already
was standing in line to audition as the tent opened. He came
to North Campus just to audition for "The Real World."
Wearing a black leather jacket and with carefully groomed
hair, Penhorwood said, "I'm just going to be myself."
Although upwards of 15,000 people audition nationwide
for the shows' .J3 spots, Penhorwood said he was not dis-
couraged bye odds. "I'm a positive person,' he said.

See MN, Page 7A

Hi~stoic space
return set for ait
ths ftroon
Los Angeles Times
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - And so today it all will
come down to this: Once again while the whole world watch-
es, John Glenn will put himself in harm's way for the intoxi-
cating chance to view the planet from the emptiness of space.
For all the talk of space gerontology and science research, for
all the media hype and nostalgia for an age of square-jawed
heroes, the undeniable fact is that a 77-year-old senator will
squeeze into a seat on the shuttle Discovery and ride a potential
flying bomb on an exhilarating nine-minute lunge into orbit.
The countdown was proceeding without major problem
yesterday and forecasters gave a 100 percent chance of favor-
able weather for the scheduled 2 p.m. EST launch for the
nine-day mission.
The technology has improved since Glenn rode an Atlas
rocket aloft in 1962 to become the first American to circle the
globe in space. But the inherent risks of space flight - par-
ticularly during the fiery ascent phase - are as real as they
were nearly four decades ago.
It is a risk that astronauts embrace, Glenn no less than his
younger and more experienced counterparts.
"It is serious business here;' he said recently. It is a busi-
ness that Glenn's wife, Annie, and their two grown children,
David and Lyn, have had to accept anew.
Annie was not keen on the idea, but came to accept it after
visiting the Johnson Space Center in Houston and learning
more about his training and meeting some of those who will
watch over his fate.
David Glenn, a doctor in Northern California, said that
when his father told him of his latest selection as a astronaut,
he could not get the horrible image of the Challenger space
shuttle explosion in January 1986 out of his mind.

KELLY MCKINNELL/Daily
Boarded windows and abandoned storefronts characterize many local Ann Arbor
businesses that have been forced to close.

.t alooew Store closings create
candidates."
ICOmmunityconcern

AP PHOTO
John Glenn, shown here in 1962, is ready to go back into
space after more than three decades.
The launch of Discovery will be the 92nd shuttle mission.
Only one, the Challenger, has ended in disaster. NASA was
accused of understating the risks, with too little attention to
the risk analysis methods used commonly in the nuclear
industry and elsewhere. Instead of the 1 in 100,000 risk com-
monly cited before the accident, the agency revised that to I

By Kelly O'Connor
Daily Staff Reporter
Ann Arbor's downtown, known
statewide for its unique selection of
businesses and restaurants, has suffered
a changing economic climate in recent
mnnthi

up call to the community, said Chris
Kolb, Democratic candidate for mayor.
"We need to look at the causes of the
closings - are these isolated incidents,
or is this the beginning of a trend?"
Kolb said.
Kolh said he heard other indenendent

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