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Continued from Page JA
"This is just a representation of the effective-
ness of exchanging dialog. We want (the objects)
out so that the pain can stop. As long as it's up
there, pain and hate will continue to be propa-
gated," Michigamua spokesman Nick Delgado
Although the University has not removed the
objects from Michigamua's meeting space,
Harper said, the inventory process began
Wednesday, and the artifacts will be returned
eventually to their respective Native American
Members of SCC, Michgamua and MSA said
they have been awestruck by the University's
failure to accept full responsibility for the issue,
especially since both the SCC and Michigamua
have submitted written demands directly to the
administration regarding the matter.

"The SCC isn't demanding anything from
MSA. They are demanding everything from the
administration. This is a critical moment. It's not
time to put students against students," Coulouris
"I think it's absurd that Vice President Royster
Harper and President Lee Bollinger are telling
the SCC what the SCC's demands are," he said.
SCC spokesman Diego Bernal said he thinks
the administration has been unreliable and
insensitive in responding to SCC's demands.
Bernal said he believes administrative offi-
cials are "liars -trying to do things without our
knowledge to affect what's going on here today."
Coulouris said he thinks the administration is
trying to deflect their power and push the diffi-
cult questions off on MSA.
"It's like the administration's got an overrun
lawn and they're pointing at the guy who's trim-
ming the edges. That's what the MSA is to the
administration," Coulouris said.

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While the SCC continues its stance of refusing
to engage in discussion with members of
Michigamua, Delgado said Michigamua's cur-
rent goals are to foster "healing within the
Native American community, within their group,
and within the University itself."
The meeting space in the tower, he said, is not
the real issue. The issue, he said, is the healing
of all people hurt by Michigamua's past associa-
tion with Native American rituals.
Despite Michigamua's lack of concern for the
tower space, allocation of the space is one of
SCC's prime concerns. SCC spokesman Joe
Reilly said the group wants the University to
convert the space into a cultural lounge.
Michigamua is a recognized student organiza-
tion, but unlike most other student groups, it
operates on internal dues.
Harper and Michigamua members said they
believe the issue at hand needs to be addressed
through open dialog among those involved.
Continued from Page 1A
Shannon Martin explained to the
group why the rainbow flag is hang-
rsity? ing off of the Union tower.
"Students in the SCC wanted to
show their solidarity with LGBT stu-
,nce? dents, and that they're thinking about
all students," Martin said.
Severs said the turnout of students
.com for the Kiss-In was low this year in
comparison to past years.
"I think the decline is partially due
to a lack of getting the word out about
the event, as well as a general decline
in enthusiasm for LGBT events in the
past two years," Severs said.
"There hasn't been a large turnout for
any events lately. This is due to a certain
extent to a lack of strong leadership. But
also, LGBT students don't feel as
though they are safe all of the time. Stu-
dents are often safer here than they are
at other universities, but sometimes they
do feel threatened," she added.
One new initiative to help promote
awareness and increase visibility is the
release of the new LGBT literary mag-
azine "G-Spot" Friday. G-Spot is an
acronym, standing for GLBT Student
Publication Tapestry.
Jim Leija, LGBT co-chairman, said
the magazine will include stories,
poems, essays, artwork and non-fiction.
"We didn't get as good of a response
as we thought we would, but we did
pretty well for our first time," Leija said.
LSA junior Japiya Burns said the
idea originated after he attended a
community college, which had an
excellent literary arts magazine. He
said he was disappointed when he
came here and found no such maga-
zine existed.,
"I got excited about doing some-
thing for LGBT, and the whole idea
came together, Burns said. "This is a
wonderful opportunity for people to
express themselves."
Leija said the magazine is a repre-
sentation of the diversity that exists
among LGBT students. "We all have
something to offer and share with oth-
ers. This is an opportunity for others to
look into the lives of the LGBT com-
munity" Leija said. Also Friday there
will be a Queer Formal, lasting from
10 p.m. until 2 a.m. on the fourth floor
of Rackham.
"This is the first formal we've had that
is open to the queer community, as well
as the entire University, Severs said.
Other events this week will include
a lecture by Eli Clare, a poet, essayist
and activist. She will be reading from
her new book at 7 p.m. tomorrow in
the Kalamazoo Room of the Michigan

Democrats criticize
Clinton's budget
WASHINGTON - The most vis-
ible criticism of President Clinton's
budget priorities has come from the
right, as congressional Republicans
call for deeper tax cuts. But a grow-
ing chorus of complaints is emerg-
ing on the left, from liberal and
progressive activists who say the
president, with his focus on debt
reduction, is blowing a great oppor-
tunity to invest more heavily in
schools, health care, mass transit
and other needs traditionally associ-
ated with Democrats.
They say, Clienton and Vice Presi-
dent Al Gore now burn for some-
thing they never mentioned in their
campaigns: Not merely reducing the
federal debt but eliminating it by
A once-sensible Democratic strate-
gy - reversing the Reagan adminis-
tration's deficit-spending policies,
and emphasizing debt reduction to
thwart GOP tax cuts - has become a
dubious virtue in its own right, these

critics say. The stakes extend beyond
Clinton's final year in office. With
.Gore stressing debt reduction in his
presidential campaign, some liberal
activists contend, the party may find
itself locked into a policy that will
starve worthy programs of billions o*
available dollars for years to come.
NAACP addresses
lack of TV diversity
PASADENA, Calif. - Steven Spiel-
berg won a special honor at the 31st
NAACP Image Awards, and Denzel
Washington took best actor for "The
Rosa Parks, the civil rights pioneerĀ°a
who now lives in Detroit, on Saturday
won for supporting actress in a drama
series for her appearance on CBS'
"Touched by an Angel."
The NAACP had announced a
shortage of minority characters in
television, which made it difficult for
Image Award organizers to select
nominees this year.
The organization has confronted the
networks for months about the lack o*

Spacecraft approaches asteroid's orbit
LAUREL, Md. - A robot craft that missed its mark a year ago is on target for
a Valentine's Day rendezvous with an asteroid named for the Greek god of love.
The Near Earth Asteroid Rendezvous (NEAR) spacecraft is approaching the
asteroid Eros slowly and is expected to slip into orbit around the mountain-sized
space rock at midmorning today. If successful, NEAR will become the fir
spacecraft to orbit an asteroid. Researchers hope data compiled about Eros coul ~
one day help humans defend the Earth against a "killer asteroid" like one
thought to have wiped out the dinosaurs 65 million years ago.
Eros, a potato-shaped rock, is 21 miles long and eight miles wide; by compari-
son, New York's Manhattan island is about 13 1/2 miles long and 2 1/2 miles
wide. Like this planet, Eros orbits the sun; about 160 million miles from Earth.
The $224 million NEAR mission was launched Feb. 17, 1996. The craft was
supposed to have gone into an orbit of Eros in January 1999, but it malfunc-
tioned after a rocket firing that was to have aimed the spacecraft at the asteroid
was shut down automatically.
NEAR sped past Eros, capturing photos as it went. Then, for reasons still not
understood, the craft went out of control and lost contact with Earth for more
than 24 hours.
"We know why the rocket motor shut down," said Robert Farquhar, the mis-
sion director. "But what happened after that is a mystery."

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South African drink
nme disputed
- At the signing in October of a
long-awaited trade deal between this
nation and the European Union,
South Africa's top trade official
cracked a joke when the bubbly was
"This is unnamed liquid we are
drinking," said Alec Erwin, the min-
ister of trade and industry.
Erwin was poking fun at one of
the thorniest issues during four
years of negotiations: the naming of
alcoholic beverages produced in
South Africa.
At one point, disagreement about
South Africa's use of the Portuguese
and Spanish labels "port" and "sher-
ry" nearly upended the talks. Four
months later, Erwin isn't laughing,
the S17-billion-a-year trade deal is
on the rocks and, once again, the
contentious issue is South African
alcohol bearing European names.

This time, Italy and Greece object
to South Africa's use of "grappa"
and "ouzo" to label liqueurs. The
two European countries regard th
terms as solely theirs. Unless then
get their way, the Italians and
Greeks are threatening to sink the
trade package, which took provi-
sional effect Jan. 1 but must be rati-
fied by the EU's 15 member-states
to stay on the books.
French peacekeepers
fired on in Kosovo
PRISTINA, Yugoslavia - Ethnic
Albanian snipers wounded two French
peacekeepers in the strife-torn north-
ern Kosovo city of Kosovska Mitrovi-
ca yesterday, and French troops "
responded with gunfire that left one
sniper dead and at least two snipers
wounded, authorities said.
Nearly 20 people were reported
injured in violence, which included an
attack on an ethnic Albanian home.
- Compiled from Daily wire reports.'



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