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rity, things that they can do. We hope that students will
understand that they can participate on a regular basis."
Among the variety of projects offered, students had
the opportunity to work directly or indirectly with var-
ious communities.
Such projects included traveling to Arbor Hospice
wrere students baked copkies and chatted with termi-
nal-ly ill patients. Students with the Coalition on

Temporary Shelters traveled to Detroit to play with
children in a daycare center.
More than 30 students used the Peny Building to
make bedrolls, quilts, fleeces, mittens and scarves for
the Knitwits program. Much of what was made yester-
day will be distributed to students participating in the
Alternative Spring Break program, who will then pass
out the products in the communities they serve during
spring break, Knitwits volunteer Lisa Bartlett said.
"This is a behind-the-scenes way for people to get
involved who are not ready to interact directly with the

needy, said Bartlett, who has participated with the
group for the last four years. "We produce a tangible
product, in which 60 people will be warm in the winter."
While the activity focused on making clothing, par-
ticipants said it was an opportunity get to know other
"I'm looking forward to meeting new people," LSA
first-year student Louise Malamud said.
Student participation in "Acting on the Dream" has
grown in the last few years, tripling in one year, from
1998 to 1999, and remaining strong this year.



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retreat for actives that was to be hosted
Ly pledges. Ten pledges and actives
were gathered at Markley prior to the
retreat, and "some over-anxious
pledges had restrained two initiated
members to ensure that they joined
them for the retreat," Lawson said.
The incident, along with the BB gun
shooting of an Alpha Epsilon Pi pledge a
few days before, has prompted discus-
sion of hazing in campus fraternities.

"While hazing is a problem in many
chapters, it doesn't exist in many others
on campus ... Unfortunately, in those
chapters where hazing is a problem, it is
a cultural problem, deeply embedded in
years and years of tradition, so the only
effective way to eliminate hazing is to
change the mindset of each and every
individual member," said Jerry
Mangona, external relations chair of
the Interfraternity Council.
In the case of Delta Sig, the fraterni-
ty will "evaluate the new member pro-
gram," Lawson said.


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and an active member of the Civil Rights
Movement, Gates said he recognizes
DuBois as his most influential role model.
DuBois lived with a strong belief that
racial cohesion in the United States
could be possible through the publica-
tion of an African encyclopedia, Gates
said, adding that DuBois thought the
book would be a powerful tool to edu-
cate the country's white majority about
the significance of black culture. It
would also give blacks a sense of pride
in their largely underrated contributions
to the world's ethic diversity, Gates said.
DuBois was never able to make the
dream a reality, but Gates did.
After being rejected by software
publishers 25 times, Gates completed
an interactive CD "Encyclopedia
Africana," which he designed with
the help of the Microsoft Corporation
and more than 400 scholars world-
"DuBois said that the problem of
both the 20th and the 21st centuries
would be the color line;" Gates said.
Gates acknowledged the unfortu-
nate reality of DuBois' prediction and
stated the importance of "winning
this necessary fight for all of us in
this country."
Technological innovation, Gates
said, plays a paradoxical role in the
evolution of social -life in the United
States. While computer technology
makes information and communication
more accessible and efficient, it also
encourages "cyber segregation," Gates

As a way to foster computer literacy
among inner-city black populations,
Gates developed a system of "MLK
Schooling," in which his CD encyclope-
dia and other advanced resources will be
available to black students of all ages.
"We want to address the digital divide
problem by starting MLK school,"
Gates said. "We will structure black his-
tory classes from elementary schools to
universities. Some criminals will be
required to go to MLK school to learn
about computers and our history."
The audience gasped when he
demonstrated the CD's ability to take
its users on "virtual trips" to histori-
cal sights, including a stop at a local
theater to catch an Aretha Franklin
The CD also includes many black lit-
erary works from 1773 to 1919, televi-
sion clips and footage from news-
breaking events throughout history and
an interactive, moving timeline from
which the user can pick and chose
events and issues to explore.
LSA senior Adam Siegel agreed
with Gate's argument that tools like the
CD encyclopedia will be beneficial to
fight racial integration.
"Ideally, there would be technology
representing all cultures," Siegel said.
"The technology makes more people in
society accessible."
"It is the fear of not knowing that is
what starts wars," said LSA sophomore
Ray Ive. "Knowing more about any
culture increases our knowledge of oth-
ers, brings us closer together. Then we
may see that our differences are non-
existent. We are all the same."

approach at this point"

Mideast peace talks stalled indefinitely
WASHINGTON -- High-level peace talks between Syria and Israel were indef-
initely postponed yesterday after the two sides could not agree on how to approach
the question of Israel's willingness to withdraw from the Golan Heights, Clinton
administration officials said.
The two adversaries held a week of negotiations earlier this month it
Shepherdstown, W. Va. and were to resume talks in the Washington area tomorrow.
But administration officials said they decided to postpone the round after it beca6i6
clear that the two sides are fundamentally at odds over the direction the discussioris
should take.
Syrian officials insist that the talks can go no further without a clear sign from"
Israel of its willingness to withdraw fully from the Golan Heights, the strategie
plateau captured by the Jewish state in 1967. Israel wants to put off discussing
withdrawal until it knows Syria's positions on other matters, such as security
arrangements, water rights and the nature of future relations between the two coun-
"Each side was increasingly focused on the importance of having their most
important needs resolved first," said a senior administration official who briefed*
reporters yesterday. "There's no question that they have in mind a different

High court to rule on
Co orado 'bubble' law
DENVER - Tomorrow, the U.S.
Supreme Court will hear arguments on
whether Colorado's 1993 "bubble" law,
which requires protesters to keep their
distance from patients entering health-
care facilities, legally protects patients
from harassment and intimidation or
violates the protesters' right to free
The decision could establish guide-
lines for other states and cities that have
grappled with ways to maintain peace
between protesters and women seeking
The state of Colorado argues that the
law balances free-speech rights with
the right to access to health care. The
Legislature passed the law after hearing
patients complain of being spat on,
kicked and harassed.
"It's all right to protest. That's fine,
but when it gets down to intervening
with another person's recognized right,
the Legislature felt obliged to step in,"
said Deputy Attorney General Ken

James Henderson of the Virginia=
based American Center for Law acid
Justice, which represents the protesters,
counters that the law tramples on free
speech rights.


Online voting could
boost voter turnout
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - We shep¢
by computer, buy stocks by compute
keep in touch with old friends by com-
puter. Now, at the dawn of a new centu-
ry, we may soon have the option of vot-
ing online.
Officials in one Northern California
county are so gung-ho about the idea
that they hope to offer voters the option
in November of casting a ballot via the
"This is something that might .e.
engage this nation of nonvoters we've
become'"said Warren Slocum, who pit-
sides over elections in San Mateo County,'
on the north edge of Silicon Valley. fe
says that "you'll probably be able to vofe
from home in your pajamas by 2010.

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as "far greater than any public universi-
ty has raised then.. . or since;" accord-
ing to a written statement. At the time,
the University was second only to Yale
University in fundraising.
Bollinger said he has been anticipating
this campaign since 1997 and has already
taken action to initiate the project.
"I've already engaged a few dozen
people who have deep connections with
the University to help in planning,"
Bollinger said. University Provost

Nancy Cantor and deans will also be
involved in running the campaign.
Bollinger also said that taking action
to improve the University is a continual
"No longer is it possible for a great
public university to not be in continual
development," he said.
Duderstadt and Kinnear both echoed
Bollinger's statement.
"Universities never stop raising
money," Duderstadt said.
"These kinds of resources are neces-
sary for the University to remain an
excellent institution," Kinnear said.


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UN chief announces
inspector candidate
UNITED NATIONS -After a diffi-
cult search for a candidate to head the
new Iraq weapons inspection agency,
the U.N. chief announced his choice
yesterday: Rolf Ekeus, the same man
who led the old inspection agency for
six years.
Russia immediately rejected
Annan's pick, throwing Ekeus' nomi-
nation into doubt. The United States,
currently president of the Security
Council, received a formal letter yes-
Lerday evening from the Russian
ambassador saying Moscow "cannot
agree with the proposal," a U.S. offi-
cial said.
Consultations were scheduled for
this afternoon.
In picking the Swedish diplomat,
Secretary-General Kofi Annan over-
rode Russian and Chinese objections
and set up a likely confrontation with
Baghdad. Iraq immediately questioned
the nomination, saying it amounted to

putting "old wine in new bottles:'
"How can they appoint a new com-
mission and then name its former head
to lead it?" Iraqi Deputy Prim
Minister Tariq Aziz told reporters afte
a meeting in Spain.
Merger creates giant-
drug company
LONDON - Glaxo Wellcoine s
planned acquisition of rival drugmaker
SmithKline Beecham would do more
than create the world's largest pharna-
ceutical company.
The deal, announced Monday an
worth about $76 billion in stock, is a
clear sign that the merger trend now
reshaping other industries is accelerating
in the still-fragmented drug business.
Just last week, Pfizer emerged as the
likely winner in a battle with American
Home Products for U.S. drugmAker
Warner-Lambert, while Monsanto is in
the process of merging with Pharmacia
and Upjohn.
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