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The Michigan Daily - Monday, January 31, 2000 - 3A

Bollinger begins
search for VP for
Student Affairs
University President Lee
Bollinger announced last week the
launch of a committee to find a
new vice president for student
Last spring, former Vice Presi-
4ent for Student Affairs Maureen
Hartford announced she would
resign from her post to become
president of Meredith College in
North Carolina.
Hartford started her tenure as the
first female president of the all-
girls college in July.
E. Royster Harper, former dean of
students, currently serves as the
interim vice president for student
The committee of 16 University
faculty, administrative and student
members is chaired by Residential
College Prof. Thomas Weisskopf.
*,.,,The committee also includes
'Tulia Ann Hower, the director of
New Student Programs in the
Office of the Provost and Kerry
.Larson, senior associate dean of
Horace Rakham School of Gradu-
ate Studies and associate professor
o9f English.
wMichigan Student Assembly
President Brain Elias is also a
memeber of the committee. Elias is
currently the only student on the
The group will conduct a nation-
al search and present a list of final
candidates tonBollinger.
Nominations for candidates are
welcome and can be sent to Cha-
cona Johnson in the Offic of the
WISE to present
WELillian Prize
The Women in Science and
Engineering Residence Program
plans to present the second annual
Lillian Prize tonight at 6:30 p.m.
The presentation will be held in
the Chavez Lounge of Mosher Jor-
ian Residence Hall where the
WISE members live.
The award is named in honor of
former WISE student Lillian
rWaratt, who lived in Moshr Jor-
d'an while studying dental hygiene
dPuring the 1935-36 school year.
The prize is a 5300 gift certifi-
cate to a local bookstore and will
be awarded to a current WISE
member who is the winner of an
es say contest.
tThe presentation will feature
,Jpse-Marie Griffiths the Universi-
ty's chief information officer and
"Barbara O'Keefe, director of the
Media Union.
Pourshariati to
present lecture
on Iranian history
"the Department of Near Eastern
Studies is scheduled to present a
lecture by Parvanch Pourshariati, a
v visiting professor of Iranian
His lecture titled "The Sub-Cul-
ture in the Medieval Iranian World:

Tho Saluks and Ayyars of the Abu
Muslim Namas," is scheduled for
this afternoon at 4 p.m. in 3050
Frieze Building.
'' hosts lecture
by poet Baker
Poet David Baker will present a lec-
ture titled "Heresy and the Ideal:
Hummer, Bloom and the Critique of
the Romantic" this Thursday at 4 p.m.
The lecture, to be held in Angell
Hall Room 3222, is sponsored by
the Department of English and the
Office of the Provost.
-Baker is the author of five books
and five chapbooks.
Baker's poems have been pub-
lished in such journals as Poetry,
the Paris Review and The New
Yorker magazine.
His critical essays on poetry are
being collected in a book titled
"Heresy and the Ideal: On Contem-
porary Poetry." For three years he
served as editor of Quarterly West
and is now poetry editor of the
Kvnyon Review.
- Compiled by Daily Staff
Reporter Jodie Kaufman.



co-host leads minority panel

By Tiffany Maggud
Daily Staff Reporter
Lisa Ling, co-host of ABC's "The View" ran
anxiously into Rackham Auditorium Friday night,
just 50 minutes after her plane landed at Detroit
Metropolitan Airport. Although Ling was running
behind schedule, a crowd of 350 University and
high school students waited patiently for her
The former Channel One news reporter was one
of five minority celebrities to address issues of dis-
crimination and affirmative action as a part of the
University's Martin Luther King Jr. symposium.
Ling said despite her busy schedule, she is
pleased to take the time to work with minority stu-
dents and their struggles to combat adversity.
"For me, it's to see the kind of impact it makes
on people;" she said. "Any time you have someone
around your age with similar experiences, it helps
become more strong and to persevere'."

Ling directed the discussion in a talk show for-
mat by provoking ideas among the panel of young
activists from across the country, including Yessica
Diaz, a Public Health and Social Work graduate
The panelists addressed questions concerning
the roles and opportunities of minorities in society.
"Of all the shows lined up for fall TV, none are
very diverse," Ling said.
"Should TV try to depict reality more than it
does?" she asked.
Ayinde Baptiste, a youth spokesman at the 1995
Million Man March, said he thinks injecting
minority roles into mainstream popular culture
gives society the idea that minorities have some-
how become better people than stereotypes depict
them to be.
"I don't want people to wonder what's going on
and think there is an explosion of intellect among
minorities," Baptiste said.
Ling said she is constantly expected to mobilize

equality for Asians in the entertainment industry.
She said she often questions herself and her
responsibility to be a role model in the Asian com-
munity because of her high profile career.
"A Taiwanese man once said to me 'Lisa Ling,
Lisa Ling, you're the only Taiwanese person on
TV, you need to save Taiwan.' Then I thought to
myself 'But I'm an American.' But I still feel dif-
ferent, because people are relying on me," she
said, adding that she is "not only expected to satis-
fy those (minority) groups, but the demographics
of the entire American community.'
The panelists agreed that supporting affir-
mative action - whether in the media, in the
workplace or in universities - is beneficial
because the policy creates diverse0 popula-
tions, but they also identified some of its
potential downfalls.
Diaz said that although affirmative action has
brought many Hispanic student together with the
rest of the community, she still often finds "that

she is the only Latino student in the classroom."
Ling said she doesn't want television executives
to feel more compelled to hire her because she is a
minority. "I don't want people to think that I got
my job because I am an Asian, she said.
"Affirmative Action categorizes people. It
emphasizes the fact that the people on this panel
are minorities and not just students,' Ling said.
When the panelists opened the discussion up to
the audience, a high school student stunned them
with the question, "What do you think of Martin
Luther King, and what do you think of America?"
The rest of the audience applauded.
Initially speechless, the panelists took a few
minutes each to ponder what they called "a very
good question."
Baptiste broke the silence, saying, "There are a
lot of things Dr. King was, but he is still an impor=
tant role model. His message is still pertinent tg
the world today. The war he fought for is still no
over," he said.

Protesters picket
new uStarbcks

By Sana Danish
Daily Staff Reporter
Objecting the proliferation of
corporate presence in Ann Arbor,
a group of more than 20 protesters
gathered outside the new Star-
bucks Coffee on the corner of
South State and East Liberty
streets Friday.
"The opening of the new Star-
bucks symbolizes something about
corporate takeover. It's a cultural
cleansing," said protest organizer
Kristine Pettersen, a University
Spanish lecturer.
Pettersen said the protest aimed
to encourage people in the down-
town area to use their buying
power to support local businesses
rather than corporately owned cof-
fee shops.
"Starbucks is one of the most
visual symbols of corporate con-
solidation," said protester Andrew
Cornell, an LSA senior. "Corpo-
rately owned coffee shops repre-
sent a narrowing of choice for
The manager of Starbucks
declined to comment.
Protesters passed out fliers stat-
ing that although corporately-

owned coffee shops like Caribou
Coffee and Espresso Royale Caffe
already exist in Ann Arbor, they
"play by the rules." The flier
claims that Starbucks uses tactics
like buying out leases from local
merchants and saturating the mar-
ket by setting up several stores in
the same area to force the local
competition out of business.
Sean Carter, general manager of
Amer's Delicatessen on South
State Street said he didn't have a
problem with the recent opening of
"This is not something that's
very new to us," he said. "Espresso
Royale, Caribou and Einstein's are
all under corporate ownership."
Carter said local businesses are
more responsive to the needs of
their customers and that the
increase in corporately owned
businesses brings a homogeniza-
tion of coffee houses.
"I feel we have a closer personal
relationship with our customers,
and we can tailor to their individ-
ual needs better," he said.
Cafe Felix co-owner David Lan-
drum said although it is still too
early to tell, he thinks Starbucks
will affect business for local cof-

!SA senior Ariana Ghasedi was among more than 20 protesters who were picketing the opening of the Starbucks Coffee at
the corner of South State and East liberty streets on Friday.

fee shops because it is more recog-
"We see (Starbucks) as more of
a McDonalds," Landrum said. "For
the person that's not from Ann
Arbor, it's something more famil-
iar than a local shop."
Music freshman Tara Siesener
was inside Starbucks during the
protest. She said although she
thought the protesters' concerns

seemed valid, she was not going to
boycott the coffee shop.
"I see it as just another coffee
shop where you can sit, because
half the time the other ones are
full," she said.
Members of the student groups
Students Organizing for Labor and
Economic Equality and Environ-
mental Justice also participated in
the protest.

SOLE member and RC senior
Jessica Bodzin said she thought a
protest had been necessary for
some time and that it's not just
coffee shops facing corporate
"Enough local businesses have<
closed down to merit this protest,
Bodzin said. "Schoolkids Record'
and Wherehouse Records have
both gone out of business."


'U' holds juvenile,
justice symposium



By Caitlin Nish
Daily Staff Reporter
Several weeks after the conviction of
the nation's youngest murder defendant
ever to be tried as an adult, the Universi-
ty's Criminal Law Society sponsored a
symposium on juvenile justice Friday at
the Law School.
According to material published by
the society, the symposium was "a day
of interdisciplinary discussion with
commentators and practitioners on solu-
tions to the legal and sociological prob-
lems inherent in juvenile crime"
The symposium began with introduc-
tory remarks by Daniel Bagdade, the
co-counsel for Nathaniel Abraham, a
13-year-old recently sentenced for a
murder he committed at age 11 in
Symposium participant Michelle
Molitor said she wanted to hear about
the issues surrounding the Abraham
case after working with the Michigan
Senate Democratic Committee.
"Some of the issues around trying
and sentencing juveniles as adults are
really timely in Michigan because we
are one of a lot of states to give the
option of trying juveniles in adult
court," Molitor said. "The Nathaniel
Abraham story has been given incredi-
ble press"
The second event of the day consisted
of a panel discussion titled "Police Inter-
viewing Techniques of Juveniles" A
panel composed of professors and
police officials spoke of the rights of
young suspects and the struggles inter-
viewers face when interviewing juvenile
A second panel titled "Trying Minors
as Adults" explored state waiver provi-
sion allowing juveniles to be tried as
adults and data on those provisions and

their impacts.
The topic of trying juveniles in adult
courts was one that attracted many sym-
posium goers.
Mark Lambert, executive director of
the Goodwill Farm Association - a
residential treatment facility for juve-
niles, said it was the issue of juveniles
being tried as adults that brought him to
hear the panel discussions.
"I'm looking for more discussion on
what we're not doing before kids end up
in court. What I liked, and I know this is
a university, is that it seems there is a
sentiment away from trying kids as
adults," Lambert said.
Following the panel discussions, Uni-
versity Law Prof. Donald Duquette and
Michigan Sen. William Van Regen-
morter (R-Hudsonville) spoke during a
debate about trying minors as adults.
The symposium reconvened with a
panel discussion on juvenile detention
and juvenile detention facilities.
Participants in this discussion were
Marc Mauer of the Sentencing Project
in Washington, D.C.; Larry Miesner,
director of the Office of Juvenile Jus-
tice in Lansing, Jerome Miller of the
National Center on Institutions &
Alternatives and University Institute
for Social Research Prof. Rosemary
"I just graduated from the School of
Social Work and I am interested in pro-
grams for juvenile delinquents. I
thought it would be good to get as much
information as I can," said Karen
Symposium co-coordinator Kelly
O'Donnell said that about 150 people
turned out for the day's events.
"It took a lot of time and effort but
the response we received from people
who worked in the field was astound-
ing,' said co-coordinator Sarah Riley.


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