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Michigamua, NASA talk ends in frustration

Continued from Page 1
floor of the Union tower.
Redde said the organization planned to
remodel the office, but not until Michigamua's
100th anniversary. Both Delgado and Reddy said
before their first encounter with the meeting
space it had been referred to as a den, leading
them to interpret the design of the room as a
lodge instead of a wigwam.
But despite the fact that the current members
were not aware of the rooms offensiveness, Del-
gado said that did not justify its existence or the
existence of any offensive activities of Michiga-

before, so when I walked in, it was framed for
me as a den, a lodge. Does that mean it is not a
wigwam? No. It was framed for many people
and it was framed for us ... That's why we said
'let's change it,"' Delgado said.
But many participants said they were also
troubled by the group's use of nicknames to refer
to themselves.
While members of the society acknowledged
the inappropriate use of nicknames by past
classes of Michigamua, they said recent classes
have used nicknames that are purely inoffensive
and openly shared their own individual nick-
But Native Americans members said the sim-
ple act of Michigamua members naming them-
selves in the "detailed" manner that Native

Americans do is still offensive - even if no spe-
cific references to the Native American culture
are used in the names.
After heated discussions over these issues per-
sisted with no amends made between the groups,
Joe Reilly, spokesman for the Students of Color
Coalition and member of the Native American
Students Association, said that allowing the
meeting to go on without Michigamua changing
its name would be too painful. Reilly and Adams
reiterated that Michigamua's advocacy of the
healing process and the changes it has made, are
useless if it keeps its name.
"Change it or leave the organization or live up
to it - you can't sit on both sides of the fence,"
Reilly said before he called the meeting to an
end out of frustration.

Judge rules Microsoft violated anti-trust
WASHINGTON - Humbling a giant of the computer age, a federal judge ruled
yesterday that Microsoft Corp. violated U.S. anti-trust laws by keeping "an oppres-
sive thumb" on competitors during the race to link Americans to the Internet.
In a sweeping verdict against the empire that Bill Gates built, U.S. Disttict
Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson said Microsoft violated the Sherman Act, the
same law used to crush monopolies from Standard Oil to AT&T. 1
He concluded that the company was guilty - as the federal government, -19
states and the District of Columbia had alleged in a case that began in May 1998
- of "unlawfully tying its Web browser" to its Windows operating system that
dominates the computer market worldwide.
"Microsoft placed an oppressive thumb on the scale of competitive fortune,
thereby effectively guaranteeing its continued dominance," Jackson wrote.
The verdict affirms Jackson's previous ruling in November that the software
giant is a monopoly that illegally used its power to bully competitors and stifle
innovation, hurting consumers in the process.
The judge's ruling can be appealed, delaying its impact for years, and Gaes
said the company would pursue that avenue.
"We believe we have a strong case on appeal," Gates said. "... This rulO
turns on its head the reality that consumers know: that our software has helped
make PCs accessible and more affordable to millions of Americans."

mua alumni.
"Personally, I have never seen
Continued from Page 1
Husain is no stranger to Indian or
U.S. politics. As a youth, he often
traveled with his grandfather, a sena-
tor in India, to the Parliament House
in New Dehli. In 1979, he was the
first Islamic-Indian to be elected to a
position in the United States, he said,
when he served on the Ypsilanti City
Council until 1981.

a wigwam

Husain said he felt the purpose of
Clinton's trip to India was to
become friends with the country
before using U.S. influence to cre-
ate a peace. "Saying hello to each
other is the most important thing,"
Husain said - a thought he took to
heart in naming his business
"Hello, Faz's Pizza."
With his picture posted on fliers
around campus, Husain has become
somewhat of a University celebrity.

"It was the first pizza place I
knew of," LSA freshman Josh Welt
Of Clinton, Husain said, the pres-
ident "is really a sweet man and
everybody falls in love with him."
Husain keeps the walls of his
West Liberty Street store covered
with pictures of himself with
famous people - a tradition that
started when he met the late Robert
Kennedy during his first week in


Ann Arbor.
"I didn't have a camera, but I
shook his hand," Husain said. "Now
I always keep a camera with me."
"I hope that one day I'm famous
enough that Faz will come to me
for a picture," LSA senior Eric
Gardner said.
But Faz said he takes pictures
with anyone. "Some people collect
stamps, others collect coins, I col-
lect loving people," he said.
Continued from Page 1
But Bollinger said the University
needs to become more aware of what it
is already doing to achieve these goals
and work harder to more actively pur-
sue them.
The cultural "delegates" gathered
into smaller to groups to answer
specific issues, including "What
does a working relationship
between an urban university and
neighboring community look like?"
They also examined what the prod-
ucts of campus-community partner-
ships should be.
They were given blank pages,
crayons and markers to encourage
both analytical and creative meth-
ods of thought.
After discussion, the caucus
reconvened so that each group
could present their reports to the
larger group.
The group that explored the
working relationship between an
urban university and a neighboring
community drew a symbolic picture
of a spine with intersecting verte-
brae resembling circles with univer-
sities on one side and communities
on the other. The diagram repre-
sented different levels of engage-
ment between the two, with the
spine at the most ideal and func-
tional part of the drawing.
The final group gathered the con-
vention into a circle around a "cul-
tural campfire." Each person placed
a written word into a basket, repre-
senting the fire, to maintain "cul-
tural sustainability."
Mary Wright, a community artist
from Marquette, said she benefited
from the caucus.
"It's my role to bring committees
together to create art that expresses
their characters. And I believe that
each person has the capacity to be
creative and is just itching to be
invited to the process. And when
people come together to create in a
community way, the results are
powerful beyond calculating,"
Wright said.
Ellison said she hopes yesterday's
event could initiate more events
through at both a state and national
levels. The delegates plan to form
committees and task forces based
upon discussion in the convention.
- Daily StaffReporter Tiffanyv
Maggard contributed to this report.
Continued from Page L
any party to commit to. It will
allow for greater accessibility to
higher education."
To get the free tuition proposal
on the ballot, Smith must have
355,000 signatures before May 31.
"We're getting up slowly," she
said of the progress of her cam-
paign to gather signatures. "We will
know by the third week in April
how things are going," she said.
Smith did admit, however, that the

Democratic party is not always in line
with younger voters - citing environ-
mental issues as an example of their
differing priorities.
"Our priorities didn't quite
emphasize some of the things
young Democrats are interested in.
We heard ... that if we don't pay
attention to the environment, we are
going to lose a lot of them."

Mass. to enforce
strictest gun law
BOSTON - Massachusetts put the
nation's strictest gun regulations into
effect yesterday, using consumer-pro-
tection rules to ban cheap "Saturday
night specials" and require childproof
trigger locks on any gun sold in the
The state will contact gun manu-
facturers and sellers within 15 days
to inform them of the regulations,
which also require safety warnings
with each gun, tamper-resistant
serial numbers and indicators on
semiautomatic handguns that tell if
a bullet is in the chamber.
"Massachusetts now has the
most comprehensive and toughest
gun laws in the nation," said John
Rosenthal of Stop Handgun Vio-
lence Inc.
The Gun Owners' Action League
said the new enforcement is unnec-
essary because strict federal and
state regulations are already in
In an unprecedented legal maneu-

ver, then-Attorney General Scott
Harshbarger wrote the rules in 1997,
bypassing the Legislature. He relied
instead on the attorney general's broad
powers to regulate consumer products.
Those powers do not specifically men-
tion guns.
House seeks study
of energy supply
WASHINGTON - Deep under
the ocean floor and the Arctic perL
mafrost are ice-like deposits of
frozen methane with energy poten-
tial equal to more than twice that of
all other fossil fuels combined.
Congress is ready to spend nearly
$50 million to find out if tl'd
source can be developed withou.
setting off a cataclysmic global
The House approved yesterday by
voice vote a measure directing the
Energy secretary, working with The
secretaries of Interior, Defense and
Commerce, to study the methane
hydrates as an energy source and
the technologies needed for sa
efficient development.


Obuchi hospitalized;
Aoki takes on post
TOKYO - Prime Minister Keizo
Obuchi has suffered a stroke and is
hospitalized in intensive care, and
Chief Cabinet Secretary Mikio Aoki
has temporarily assumed his duties,
Aoki announced yesterday.
Aoki gave scant details about
Obuchi's medical condition, except to
say that the 62-year-old leader had
been conscious about 7 p.m. Sunday,
when he was able to speak without dif-
ficulty and told Aoki to take over if he
were unable to leave the hospital
Aoki said that he assumed the post
of acting prime minister at 9 a.m. local
time yesterday when it became clear
that Obuchi would not be able to return
to work within the next two or three
In a nationally televised news con-
ference that provoked instant alarm,
Aoki declined to say whether Obuchi
had had or required surgery, what kind
of treatment he was receiving or what

the prognosis might be.
The lack of candor led the Japanese
media and some ruling Liberal Democ-
ratic Party members to assume the
By yesterday morning, speculation
was in full swing here about a possible
successor to Obuchi, if the prime min-
ister's illness proves prolonged.
NATO troops arrest
Bosnian Serb leader
PARIS - French-led NATO troops
arrested Momcilo Krajisnik, a k
former member of the Bosnian Se
leadership, and flew him to the
Netherlands to stand trial for genocide
at the U.N. war crimes tribunal.
The charges against him offer direct
links to Radovan Karadzic, the former
Bosnian Serb political chief who is
still wanted by the U.N.'s war crimes
court for ordering the deportation and
execution of thousands of Bosnian
Muslims during the 1992-95 Balkans
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