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DRAGON
Continued from Page 1A
performances. Games at the festival
ranged from picking up beans with chop-
sticks to high-paced rounds of mahjong
- a traditional Chinese game that uses
tiles. Ann Arbor residents taught calligra-
phy and Chinese knot making.
The event included demonstrations of
Chinese Shaolin Kung Fu, a style of mar-
tial arts that originated in Northern
China, and traditional Chinese ribbon
and fan dancing.
A local professional dance troupe
performed the Dragon Dance - the
evening's main event.
While many Chinese and Asians
participated in the festival, several
non-Chinese and non-Asians attended
the event as well
"CSA creates events for everyone so

we can all share our cultures," Wang said.
Organizers said Dragon Fest '98 was
the first event of its kind held on campus
by an Asian student organization.
"It's not every day we do this, and we
want it to be perfect,' said Mabel
Huang, CSA member and LSA first-
year student from Los Angeles. "This
festival is definitely, definitely a giant
step for CSA."
Jenny Chen, CSA vice president,
said the event was held to illuminate
the presence of Chinese American cul-
ture on campus.
"There is lots of potential here.
Walking around campus, you don't see
many APA faces. But after this festival, I
know that Chinese unity is definitely on
campus," Chen said.
Dragon Fest '98 well exceeded the
expectations of the organizers.
"I liked the turnout tonight. We will
definitely do it again next year," Li said.

NATION/WORLD
Leader had lengthy affair

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JEFFERSON
Continued from Page 1A
Hemings' children were also Jefferson's.
Partisan politics were extremely vig-
orous 200 years ago and this led many
historians to dismiss the allegations as
scandal-mongering.
"It surfaced as a partisan allegation,"
history Prof. Mills Thornton said. "It ini-
tially was a Federalist political charge. It
was very easy to dismiss because so
much of what was said then was not to
be believed."
Jefferson defenders had asserted one
of Jefferson's nephews was probably the
father of Hemings' children, but the
study suggests that possibility is
extremely unlikely.
Jefferson's beliefs on race - he fre-
quently wrote and spoke on the inferior-
ity of blacks -pose puzzling questions
about the nature of his relationship with
Hemings.
"A loving relationship need not be an

equal relationship, Thorton said.
One possible explanation for their
relationship is that Jetferson saw in
Hemings much of his wife, who died in
the 1780s. Hemings is said to have been
the half sister of Jefferson's wife.'
Regardless of the origins of the rela-
tionship, the findings of the study are
sure to re-ignite the long-standing debate
over Jefferson's legacy.
Although Jefferson espoused racist
attitudes typical of the time period,
Thornton said, he opposed slavery on the
ground that it would destroy the Union.
"He was a man deeply torn by racial
questions," Thornton said. "More than
any other man of his generation, he was
sensitive to racial issues."
Others counter that Jefferson's stance
on slavery was much less ambiguous.
"He was much more likely to stick to
the pro-slavery line," Afro-American
and African Studies Prof. Julius Scott
said. "I think, in general, on racial mat-
ters, Jefferson was not particularly
enlightened."

Cliton aides discuss Iraq inspections
WASHINGTON - President Clinton's national-security team met for a second
day yesterday to assess diplomatic and military room for maneuver against Iraqi
efforts to complete the shutdown of United Nations arms inspections there.
Officials reached during the afternoon, as Clinton's Cabinet-level advisers huddled
in the Situation Room, described the atmosphere as one of "crisis," a word they were@
careful to avoid when Iraq began closing down the U.N. inspection teams in August.
Several of them said or intimated that the finality of Iraq's present challenge - halt-
ing all work by the inspectors, including passive monitoring - might engender the
international backing Washington lacked earlier for use of military force.
Inspectors from the U.N. Special Commission have pursued and destroyed Iraq's
nonconventional weapons under Security Council authority since Baghdad's defeat
in the 1991 Persian Gulf War. After many previous efforts to halt the work, Iraq
announced Aug. 3, and made formal two days later, that it would permit no new
searches at undeclared weapons facilities.
On Saturday, a joint statement by the Revolutionary Command Council and the
ruling Ba'ath Party extended the ban to include visits to acknowledged weapons
sites. It also prohibited continued use of video cameras, gamma-ray detectors and
chemical sensors to monitor some 300 sites involved in the manufacture of illegal
weapons in the past.

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Glenn in good
health on shuttle
SPACE CENTER, Houston - John
Glenn is amazing not only his doctors
but himself: Het suffering no queasi-
ness whatsoever or any other discom-
forts in space and feeling so chipper
that he's hopped into the shuttle com-
mander's seat a time or two.
"I've snuck up there and sat down a
couple of times to see what it feels like,
I must admit," the 77-year-old former
test pilot said with a laugh.
In his first news conference since
rocketing into orbit last week aboard
Discovery, the world's oldest space
traveler said yesterday that he expected
to be nauseous the first day or two con-
sidering that two-thirds of all astro-
nauts wind up with "stomach aware-
ness ... or worse."
"I haven't had any of that so far. It's
been great and I've been quite comfort-
able," he said. "Space is a natural for me,
I guess."
Glenn admitted he doesn't care for all
the blood draws - "blood letting," as he

called it. "But if it can do somebody
some good and if we're learning some-
thing by it, that's the reason we're up
here."
The senator met the press in a TV
hookup after the astronauts accom-
plished one of their main objectives of0
the flight: setting loose a sun-gazing
satellite for two days of scientific flight.
Court awaits key
vouchers decision
WASHINGTON - This year's most
significant shift in education law may
take place this week, not at the ballot
box tomorrow but at the Supreme
Court today.
In recent years, advocates of "school
choice" have been pressing for the legal
right to use public money to pay for pri-
vate and parochial schooling.
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Arafat with violence
JERUSALEM - The military arm of
the radical Islamic group Hamas made
an unprecedented threat yesterday
against Yasser Arafat, demanding that the
Palestinian leader halt a crackdown
against it or face violent vengeance.
The threat, in a leaflet faxed to news
organizations, cast a pall over this week's
efforts to begin implementing the Israeli-
Palestinian peace agreement, but as of
yesterday, both sides still were pledging
to move ahead as scheduled.
In recent days, Arafat's security forces
have rounded up more than 100 Hamas
activists, detained some of its top politi-
cal leaders and put its ailing, charismatic
founder, Sheik Ahmed Yassin, under
house arrest.
That crackdown - and the Hamas
demand to halt it - marked a spectacu-
lar smashup of the uneasy peace that had
prevailed between Arafat and Hamas
over the past 14 months, ever since
Yassin was released from Israeli prison
and returned to his faithful following in
the Gaza Strip. %

Up until now, in deference to Arafat's
enduring role as a symbol of Palestinian
unity, Hamas had stopped short of direct
threats against him. But the leaflet
specifically accused the Palestinian
leader by name of having "reached the
point of treason" by moving against
Hamas. It called for an immediate end to
the crackdown in order to spare
Palestinians "the horrors ... of civil war"
Mitch death count
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Nicaraguan communities. The 982 also
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