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McCain in ichigan, but no stop in A2

CAPS presents
workshops for
C HATuesdays
In an effort to help students get to
*now~ themselves better and make
frjends in the process, the University
Counseling and Psychological Ser-
vices hosts weekly workshops on
Tuesdays for university students free
of charge.
Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the Sophia B.
Jones Room on the first floor of the
Michigan Union CAPS is scheduled
to present "I Said, You Said."
This workshop will offer a free test
to detrmine how personality styles
aOffect communication.
,Workshops are also scheduled for
the remaining Tuesdays it: February
and will focus on topics such as eating
disorders and Spring Break safety.
Prof. to discuss
U' Observatory
Kelsey Museum of Archaeology
urator and art history Prof. Margaret
wool Root is scheduled to give a his-
torical discussion focusing on former
University President Henry Tappan
and his creation of the University's
Detroit Observatory.
The event is set for Tuesday after-
noon at 3 p.m in the meeting room of
the Observatory, located at 1398 E.
Anti St.
'Alen displays
work to campus
Documentary photographer Paula
Allen will present many of her pho-
tographs at different locations around
campus Wednesday through Friday.
Viewing of the series entitled "Doc-
umenting Women's Struggles: the
vower of Image and Intimacy," is free
and open to the public.
Puring the three day exhibit, there
wiltbe slide presentations and discus-
sions by Allen on her new book
Tlowers in the Desert."
Allen's book is based on 10 years of
work with Chilean women and their
search for bodies of relatives who
were executed as a result of the 1973
military coup.
Some highlights of her exhibit
Oclude her continued work focusing
on Kosovo. The exhibit will be on dis-
play from 3:40 p.m. until 5 p.m.
Wednesday in room 1636 in the
School of Social Work Building.
Thursday from 1 a.m. until 12
p.m., Allen will show a slide presenta-
tion of her photographs from Chile,
.aled "The Women of Calama," in
tbe,,East Quad Residential Hall.
Also on Thursday afternoon from 4
im. to 5:30, Allen will present more
picture from Chile in an exhibit called
Flowers in the Desert," at the Schor-
li'ng Auditorium in the School of Edu-
Allen's visit is sponsored by the
Residential College, the Center for
Research on Learning and Teach-
ing, Department of Anthropology,
Latin American and Caribbean
Studies Program and the School of
Wcial Work.
lvtideast peace
talk adviser to
'old discussion
Deputy Special Middle East Coor-
dinator for Arab-Israeli Negotiations

at the Department of State Aaron
,avid Miller is scheduled to visit the
niversity on Thursday.
Miller has recently returned from
negotiations between Yassir Arafat,
President of the Palestinian Authority
and Ehud Barak, Prime Minister of
During his visit to campus Miller
will hold a discussion titled "Pursuit
of-Arab-Israeli Peace: The Year
Ahead," which is scheduled for 2:30
p.m. in Room 1636 in the Internation-
Miller has served as an adviser to
four Secretaries of State since 1985 in
helping to form U.S. policy on the
Middle East and the Arab-Israeli
peace process.
Miller's talk is being organized by
the Center for Middle Eastern and
North African Studies, with cospon-
surship by the history, near eastern
studies and political science depart-
*ents and the Frankel Center for
Judaic Studies.
This program is free and open to
the public.
-Compiled by Daily Staff Reporter
Jodie Kaufman

U McCain is scheduled-to visit
the Ukrainian Cultural Center in
Warren today
By Jeremy W. Peters
Daily Staff Reporter
Despite reports Friday that Republican presi-
dential contender John McCain will visit campus
for a town meeting, those working closely with the
campaign say no such event is scheduled and the
Arizona senator has no plans to visit Ann Arbor.
Michigan ,McCain campaign co-Chair Will
Rubens, an LSA junior, said at a mass meeting
for McCain supporters Thursday night that the
GOP candidate was planning to visit the Univer-

sity on Feb. 21, one day before the Michigan
Republican primary..
"That was not an event Ive even seen penciled
in," said Sen. John Schwarz (R-Battle Creek),
who chairs McCain's Michigan campaign.
Schwarz did say that McCain will visit the
state for two days prior to the primary, but the
exact dates have not yet been determined.
Rubens claimed he said there was only a possi-
bility for McCain- to visit the University for a
town meeting and not that the town meeting was
officially planned.
LSA freshman Kate Madigan, who attended the
McCain mass meeting Thursday, said she recalls
Rubens saying that the town meeting was indeed
"I do recall him saying an event was planned for

McCain to come to U of M,'she said.
Madigan, though, added her continuing sup-
port for Rubens. "I stand by Will as an honorable
guy" she said.
According to the campus chapter of Students
for McCain's Website, Schwarz was slated to be
one of the featured speakers at the mass meeting
last Thursday.
Schwarz said he was never contacted about
attending the meeting. "I don't recall ever being
invited," Schwarz said.
Rubens told the meeting's attendees that
Schwarz was unable to make the meeting because
he was in Washington, D.C. Schwarz said that he
was indeed in Washington but added, "I have no
idea how (Rubens) got that information."
Joel Hondorp, McCain's Michigan cam-

paign coordinator, said he attributes the mis-
take to a misunderstanding between himself
and Rubens.
"We just had some miscommunication," lon-
dorp said, adding that he speaks with Rubens
quite regularly.
"I said that Ann Arbor was a potential on a list
of stops ... but unfortunately it did not work out"
Hondorp said.
Hondorp said he spoke to Rubens about com-
ing to the mass meeting Thursday, but was riot
able to make it due to time constraints.
"Our schedules got pretty jammed," he said..
McCain plans to visit the Ukrainian Cultural
Center in Warren for a town meeting this morn-
ing, followed by stops in Flint and Saginaw later
in the day.

I . . . . ,, . I i

Students of Color Coalition
seize Michigamua office

By Tiffany Maggard
Daily Staff Reporter
Members of the Students of Color
Coalition took over the tower of The
Michigan Union yesterday morning -
home of three secret societies including
Michigamua, an organization that has
been berated for alleged exploitation of
the Native American culture.
After occupying the Michigamua
room for nine hours, the group of eight
students made their cause known to the
public by hanging Native American arti-
facts they discovered in Michigamua's
room out of the Union's seventh story
window. Meanwhile, a group of 30 stu-
dents loomed below, chanting "Down
with Michigamua."
The invasion was part of an attempt
by the coalition to demand that the
University comply with its mission to
foster a helthy and ethnically diverse
student body by implementing the
coalition's recommendations.
Friday morning the coalition held a
press conference in Mosher-Jordon Res-
idence Hall before delivering a petition
to 15 University offices, demanding the
University supply a written committe-
ment of its goals to support minorities
on campus and to restore order where
the coalition claims the University has
failed to live up to these goals.
In the 14-article petition signed by
more than 450 students, the coalition
included a section in which they
request that the University "sever all
affiliation with and subsidy of the

secret society" because of its "offen-
sive and culturally destructive appro-
priation of Native American culture."
SNRE senior Joe Reilly said the
group took over the tower in an effort to
"bring attention to the fact that Michiga-
mua is a racist organization - it is cul-
turally offensive and destructive towards
all people. And it has no place being at
this institution"
Coalition members uncovered Native
American artifacts and cultural refer-
ences in their investigation of the
Michigamua territory, including head-
dresses, statues, pictures of Michigamua
members performing Native American-
like rituals and evidence that the group
assigns members jobs including "medi-
cine man."
Reilly said many of these references
are offensive to the Native American
culture, especially the "wigwam-like"
design of the interior of the building and
the use of offensive Native American
terms in naming its members, such as
Squaw, which he said refers to a
woman's reproductive organs.
Reilly also displayed an agreement
signed in 1989 by the president the Uni-
versity's minority affairs office and
members of Michigamua who agreed
that the their actions and references to
the Native American culture were offen-
sive and would be stopped, with the
exception of the organization's name,
which would be forever preserved.
Nick Delgado, a member of Michiga-
mua, said the group has adhered to the
integrity of that written statement and in

no way exploits the Native American
culture as it did in the past. He said the
'protesters neglect to realize that the
group has made mistakes, learned froc
them and now operate on an entireTy'
socially acceptable level.
"There's a historical context that"
being used here - theirs is in the pait,$
ours is in the present," Delgado said.
He said the artifacts found by th.,*
coalition have been stored away and kep%
only to preserve the history of the soc$
ety, even if the past was controversial. '
Delgado said he and Michigamua Are
more than willing to work with the
coalition, the administration and the rest
of the University to resolve all issues
surrounding Michigamua and to dispel
any misinterpreted information about it.
"What we want to do is initiate a dia-
log to demystify our organization and
make people understand that it isn't
secretive at all. We don't want to just
talk about it, we want to do something
about it this year;" Delgado said.
Delgado said he respects the effort of
the coalition. "We understand why
they're offended and why they invaded
the tower. But they should also know alt
sides of the story."
University Provost Nancy Cantor saicr
the issues should be subject to further
"We're obviously very much con-
cerned about our st'udent's concerns. I
think the main issue is to have everyone
talk about the concerns with Michiga-'
mua and just what those concerns are,"
Cantor said.

Curt Levey, director of legal and public affairs for the Center for Individual
Rights, speaks Friday at the Title IX symposium in the Law School.
BAMN pro'tests
Title IX evenILts


By Marta Brill
Daily Staff Reporter

Julia Blankertz, a Law third-year
student, grew up loving and playing
sports. She is a member of the first
generation impacted by the federal
statute Title IX, passed in 1972,
which effectively mandates gender
equality in athletics at the high
school and collegiate level.
"I feel very fortunate being a Title
IX baby and having had these
opportunities," Blankertz said.
Title IX continues to be hotly
debated, as athletic departments and
state courts grapple with how far they
must go to achieve equal funding and
participation in men's and women's
sports. The University's Journal of
Law Reform sponsored its annual
symposium on Friday and Saturday,
this year featuring experts discussing
the future of gender equity in sports.
"It's a very timely issue. It gener-
ates strong feelings on both sides,"
said Blankertz, who is the sympo-
sium's editor, adding that the Univer-
sity is a good place to hold a debate
on Title IX because it is known for
both academics and athletics.
University Law Prof. Mark
Rosenbaum expressed concern that
women still have to fight to partici-
pate in athletics when sports partici-
pation give women benefits such as
increased confidence, physical
empowerment, social status, health,
organizational skills, teamwork and
human relationships.
Rosenbaum, who is also legal
director of Southern California's
chapter of the American Civil Liber-
ties Union, said girls and boys have
the same interest in sports until the
age of 10 when girls' interest begins
to decline.
University of Pittsburgh Law
Prof. Deborah Brake blames soci-
ety and institutions such as schools
for the tapering off of girls' interest
in athletics.
"Institutions shape the interests
and abilities of its members;' Brake
said, adding that the schools are
accountable for promoting a culture

where women can succeed in sports.
Currently, Brake said, since men hold
most positions in athletics and male
coaches typically get paid more than
woman coaches, women do not see a
future in the field of athletics.
But Brake cautioned against tak-
ing away from the men's programs
to achieve gender equality. "It is not
a remedy to take away from the
advantaged group." Punishing the
men's programs will only further
harm the struggle for women.
Equality will be reached, but "with a
vengeance," Brake said.
The presence of panelist Curt
Levey, a member of the Center for
Individual Rights, provoked the
Coalition to Defend Affirmative
Action By Any Means Necessary to
picket outside of Hutchins Hall,
where the symposium was held.
BAMN members carrying signs
that read "Full Race and Equality"
and "Boot the Lawsuit" were there
"to protest the presence of the law
firm that is attacking affirmative
action at U of M," BAMN member
Luke Massie said.
"We see (CIR) as attacking equali-
ty on all fronts," said BAMN member
David Lampert, an LSA freshman.
During a panel discussion where
Levey spoke, BAMN members
walked in the auditorium and lined
up against the back wall, holding up
posters opposing CIR.
Levey's opinion on Title IX differed
from Rosenbaum and Brake's on the
subject of requiring schools to have
equal numbers of men and women
participants. He argued that if men are
more interested in athletics, then there
should be more men's athletics.
The government, Levey said,
should not take a role in attempting to
engineer society's interest in sports. If
women are less inclined to take an
interest in sports, then the sports pro-
grams should reflect this, he said,
adding that women could be innately
less interested in athletic competition.
"Each university has the obliga-
tion to determine how interested
their population is in sports," Levey


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